Bristol Lodekka

This book was published in February 2009, written by member Martin Curtis.  It covers the story of the development, production and use of the Lodekka type and all its variants.  Available in major booksellers or on Amazon.

Bristol Omnibus Company - the green years


A new book  published in October 2007 by members Martin Curtis and Mike Walker, entitled "Bristol Omnibus Company, the green years".  The book tells the story of Bristol buses from the 1940s to the 1980s.  Available in all major booksellers in the Bristol area, or on Amazon.  For more information, visit




The Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company's lowbridge buses

This 25-page leaflet provides details of all the lowbridge buses ever operated by the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company, and the Bristol Omnibus Company, including a complete listing of all such vehicles and a history of their acquisitions and use.

Priced 4.00 and available from the Group - please send us a sales enquiry if you would like a copy.

Bristol Commercial Vehicles - the early years

This book gives a fuller story of the very early motor omnibuses operated and built by the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co Ltd.  Many books have been written about Bristol buses, but few have been devoted to the early days.  Allen Janes, the author, spent a long time investigating the information for the book including meeting ex-BCV employees and their families.

The first part of the book gives a brief outline of the Bristol company from the beginning of Bristol Tramways to the end of Bristol Commercial Vehicles in 1983. 

The book consists of 116 pages packed with more than 178 illustrations, many of which have not previously been published.

The book costs 14.95 + 2.00 p&p.

To order a copy please send a cheque or Postal Order for 16.95 per copy payable to A. Janes, c/o BVBG, Unit H, Flowers Hill, Brislington, BRISTOL BS4 5JJ.

The Knife and Fork Man


This biography of Charles Redrup, the designer of axial and rotary engines who at one time worked for the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company, has recently been published (late 2006).  Members of the Bristol Vintage Bus Group contributed material to the author while he was researching Redrup's time with the BTCC.


The book covers subjects wider than Redrup's own life, dealing with related engineering topics from the period in question, and is an interesting read.


The book is a hardback of over 315 pages, with many illustrations.



It is available from the publishers, Diesel Publishing, for 14.95,  For further information or to order a copy, visit



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