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Celebrating centenary of Douglas Corporation buses

1945 Daimler CWA6 No. 53 leaves Peveril Square on route one bound for Derby Castle. Sea Terminal building is under construction in the background

1945 Daimler CWA6 No. 53 leaves Peveril Square on route one bound for Derby Castle. Sea Terminal building is under construction in the background

  • by Jackie Turley
 

The centenary of Douglas Corporation buses is being commemorated with a book by local historian and author Richard Davis.

Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures – Centenary Edition – tells the story of Douglas buses from their inauguration in 1914 up to nationalisation in 1976 and beyond.

Using many previously unpublished pictures from his own collection and from others, Mr Davis tells the story of the fleet.

He describes the vehicles on a class by class basis and reveals insights into the often unique and unusual buses that once gave Douglas an enviable reputation as an unparalleled attraction for transport enthusiasts from far and wide.

Mr Davis said: ‘As a preservationist and restorer of buses for more years than I care to remember, it has been a great privilege to have met many members of Douglas Corporation Transport staff at all levels.

‘The one thing that came across loud and clear in my conversations with them was their dedicated professionalism and quite rightly justified sense of pride in the bus fleet they all had a part in operating.’

He added: ‘For those who remember Douglas buses, I hope that this book will act as a pleasant reminder of the good old days.

‘For those of you who may have moved to the island subsequent to the demise of the Corporation fleet or are too young to remember it, then I trust you will find this glimpse of transport of a bygone era both interesting and entertaining.’

The Corporation’s fleet operated for 62 years from 1914.

The former Douglas Corporation Transport Department would have notched up 100 years of operation in July.

Mr Davis has had a lifelong interest in the island’s history and transport.

His previous titles include Buses of the Isle of Man: 1945-present day, as well as two volumes of Those Were The Days.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of his latest book will be donated to the Manx Transport Enthusiasts’ Association, a local charity which restores and maintains a collection of vintage buses.

Douglas Corporation Buses In Pictures – Centenary Edition is published by Lily Publications and has an RRP of £16.

It is on sale at bookshops across the island.

 

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