to promote the study and preservation of Leyland vehicles

Leyland Fleet Series

The Leyland Fleet Series of books, available to the general public are a high quality publications focusing not just on the vehicles but on the companies and organisations that operated them. The intention is to present the reader with new facts and photographs, and to try to show some of the influences that shaped the products of Leyland Motors.


Leyland Fire Engines - 1942-1993

This volume is the final one of three covering fire appliances covered, mainly at Chorley, Lancashire by Leyland Motors Ltd. This book is a sequel to that written by our friend the late Neil Steele in 2003 and covers the wartime and post-war period for the next 50 years, up to the introduction of Leyland-DAF chassis.


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  Leyland Fire Engines - 1909-1930

This volume is the second of three covering the fire appliances produced, mainly at Chorley, Lancashire by Leyland Motors Ltd. The book is a prequel to that written by our friend, the late Neil Steele in 2003, and covers the beginnings of fire appliance production, continuing up to the introduction of the LTBI Lioness Six range, which is where Neil began his account. While the range of appliances produced took some time to become established Leyland soon became one of the two most successful and most respected manufacturers in the British Empire and beyond.
Simon Ryan writes the text in his third year of inoperable cancer and hopes that the book is one which Neil would have been proud of if things had been different — Neil had originally intended to be involved with Mike to write this volume.

Mike Sutcliffe started the whole thing off with his detailed 'hands-on' knowledge of very early Leylands and comprehensive collection of Leyland material. The first job was to attempt to list all the pre-1930 Leyland Fire Engines from records he has been collecting since 1956, detailing all the model changes and culminating in a record of about 99% of these machines, despite few formal records surviving. These are detailed in the book.

The book runs to 72 pages including the cover (which is in colour), Perfect Bound, size B5 (240mm x 170mm) and contains over 100 photographs, most of which will not have been seen before. They include many from the magnificent archive of Leyland official photographs which are now held at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, together with photographs from both authors' own personal collections, the Leyland Society archive and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre.

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  The Leyland Lion (Origins to 1929)

The Leyland LSC Lion was introduced in 1925 and built up to 1929, more commonly known as the PLSC, and had an important place in the story of the British motor bus. It popularised the idea of a medium-sized single-decker designed as such from the ground upwards more broadly than any other type of that era. It offered a clear improvement over previous standards of travel for passengers and attracted orders from a wide variety of operators, large and small, usually with standardised bodywork. It incorporated a lower-built frame and had a brisk performance, a model well-liked and reliable in service. The remainder of the range, the Leveret and Leviathan models, are also included in this book so as to complete the history of the “L” model range.

The book is a joint effort by Alan Townsin and Mike Sutcliffe MBE, produced to a very high standard. It is the usual size for our Fleet Series, but with 72 pages on high quality gloss art paper, with 100 superb quality photographs and with a laminated cover in colour, in fact, it’s the best of our Fleet Books so far produced!

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  Edinburgh Corporation

Edinburgh Corporation (and its successors, Lothian Region Transport and Lothian Buses) is the first Scottish operator to be covered in this series. Their earliest Leyland buses were used to support the tramway system and vehicles of this make later comprised a significant proportion of the fleet in the years following the replacement of trams in the early 1950s. Apart from the tour fleet, this situation continued until the marquee was no longer available. This publication was written by Gavin Booth and Mike Sutcliffe, both experts in their respective fields, and contains much new information on the earliest Leylands and details of postwar demonstrators and ‘look-alike’ vehicles with other operators. The book is the standard size for our Fleet Series, has 48 pages on high quality gloss art paper, with 68 superb photographs, and with the laminated cover in colour.

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  Plymouth City Transport

Ron Phillips latest book takes us away from the North West to the South West, to the city where the father of the late Lord Stokes was General Manager of the Tramways Dept and first introduced buses in the 1920's. His son Donald went to work as an apprentice at Leyland Motors in the 1930's when Plymouth's trams were replaced by Leyland Buses. By the time war broke out the city's buses were all Leyland. After the war, Leyland buses were re ordered again, following the wartime Guy Utility buses, and continued until 1982. The book is well written, very readable and packed full of interesting detail. Very well illustrated with numerous black and white photographs.

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  The Leyland Buses of Burnley Colne & Nelson

The book tells the story of the Leylands purchased by The B.C.N Joint Committee, which was a stalwart customer for chassis and bodywork built in Lancashire. Despite some major problems encountered in the 1930's and the difficult terrain and traffic patterns, the mainly Leyland municipal fleet served the three towns well.

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  Ribble Double Deck Coaches

This new 48 page illustrated publication in the "Fleet Series" tells the story of the double deck coaches of various style operated by Ribble Motor Services. First the "White Ladies", Titan PD1 chassis with Burlingham or East Lancs lowbridge double deck bodies, which were used on medium distance express services. Next, and somewhat avant garde, were the Atlantean "Gay Hostess" coaches for motorway services, and the Series II "White Ladies", all based on the PDR1/1 chassis which the Ribble company came to reject for ordinary service work. Finally, there were the Leyland-engined Bristol VRLL double deck motorway service coaches, which the manufacturer rejected, and which had quite a short service life.

The book, which is well illustrated with pictures of which many are previously unpublished, tells the story of these vehicles with Ribble and after sale, and contains much information taken from both Ribble and Leyland Motors records.

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  Leyland Fire Engines - 1930-1942

Leyland's first fire engine was supplied in 1909 to the City of Dublin. Production of fire engines continued until 1930 when Leyland paused to consider whether or not to continue building expensive machines usually tailored to the requirements of individual Chief Fire Officers.

The decision was to continue with a new series of machines based on the Leyland Tigress and Leyland Cub chassis - the FT and FK series, built between 1930 and 1942. All fire engines produced by Leyland in this period are described and listed in this 64 page, fully illustrated book by Neil D. Steele. which also explains in detail many features of fire engine design and operation.

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  Leigh Corporation

The Leyland Buses of Leigh Corporation not only chronicles the municipal bus fleet but also the Leigh-Bolton trolleybus service of South Lancashire Transport Company which used a fleet of special Leyland-built trolleybuses. Leigh Corporation began bus operation in 1920, and most vehicles purchased were Leylands. The fleet size was doubled in the early years of the Second World War to serve a large Royal Ordnance Factory. An unusual reason for the operation of low-height double deckers was the low height of the depot in Holden Road, and abandonment of the SLT trolleybuses forced Leigh to become the operator of Dennis Lolines, although it was also the last municipal purchaser of Leyland Lowbridge buses. The book is well illustrated and contains a map and fleet list.

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  Southport Corporation

The bus fleet in the seaside town of Southport was renowned for its smart appearance and special beach bus service. The Leyland Buses of Southport Corporation by Ron Phillips tells the story of the bus fleet, mainly Leyland, including a small number of locally built Vulcan buses as well as four-wheel drive Bedford beach buses, until it was absorbed by Merseyside PTE in 1974.

Chapter headings include: Southport Corporation Tramways, Replacing the Trams, The Southport Livery, Ladies Only, The Air Raid Precautions Bus, Toastracks, Sea Cars & Runabouts, The "Farington" Leylands, The Open-toppers, One Man Operation & The Corporation's Depots.

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  Wigan Corporation

With 48 glossy pages, the book contains many previously unseen and unpublished photographs, drawing extensively both on the BCVM archive and the wealth of knowledge and material within The Leyland Society itself. Written by Ron Phillips, The Leyland Buses of Wigan Corporation tells the story both of the history of this much admired municipal undertaking and the development of the Leyland buses that it bought.

Chapter titles include - Wigan Corporation Tramways, Early Buses, The First Leylands, Replacing the Trams, Diesel versus Petrol, Fleet Expansion, The Wartime Period, 75 Replacement Buses, Royal Tigers and Tiger Cubs, The Central Depot, Front Entrance Double Deckers, The Panther Cubs, Rear Engined Double Deckers, The Panthers and a Summary of Leyland Bus Orders.

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