Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Researching, preserving and promoting our local road transport heritage


It has been almost two years since Mick Gamble, in conjunction with the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, published his first substantial volume covering the history of local independent bus operator Browns Blue, this was all part of the 50th Anniversary events associated with the sale of the company to Midland Red, on March 14th 1963. This book is still available at a reduced price of £30.00.

In his second publication Mick covers the history of one of Leicestershire’s oldest private bus companies Astill and Jordan of Ratby, Astills ran regular, reliable bus services from Ratby to Leicester and the surrounding areas as well as providing school transport, contract work, private hire, tour and excursion work, for a total of more than 65 years. Astill and Jordan finally sold out to Wreake Valley Travel (Midland Fox) in November 1988. Over twenty five years have passed since that time and in common with the Browns Blue anniversary nearly two years ago, Mick feels that it is time to relive those memories before they are lost forever.

The book is published by the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust and is available now.

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Contains 192 pages + 4 Cover softback. Limited edition of 500 copies all signed and numbered. Numerous photographs, many previously unpublished. Full company history and fleet list, colour photo section. ISBN 978-0-9569075-5-4-7

Retail price to LTHT members is £25.50

This book is available from the Author, please ring 0116 2387735 after 6:00pm,  if not available please leave a message, or email mickgamble@tiscali.co.uk, alternatively copies of both books can be obtained through the LTHT at info@ltht.org.uk   The Browns Blue book is also available at a reduced price of £30.00

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