The last few weeks have been an extremely busy time for us with the new Stagecoach South East and Stagecoach South West Fleet Handbooks being published along with the fourth of our Midland Red photo albums - Midland Red Remembered. We have also finally published out guide book to the Stagecoach Historic Bus and Coach fleet. This has been our biggest project to date.
We have also changed our design and layout software. Whilst in the long term this will make the design work on our books and Supplements much easier, it has been a major challenge migrating the data and information from our former system. There may be a slightly different look to the typeface used in our publications and Supplements in the future. We believe it is neater and clearer at the type size we are having to use.
As a result of using the new design software we are also adding the Stagecoach Manchester and the Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire fleets to our Allocation Supplements. The first Supplements for these fleets will appear in early April.
So back to the Fleet Handbooks. As a result of the planned deliveries this year to Stagecoach South Wales we have decided to postpone publication of this new book until the end of the year. Following discussion with Stagecoach East Midlands we have been informed that a number of fleet changes are planned for this year. Therefore the next Stagecoach East Midlands Fleet Handbook will not be published until early 2016.
We will announce our book publishing plans for the rest of 2015 in a few months time.
Our refresh of the website has received positive reaction. One recent change is the page that the Fleet Handbook Supplements are available on. We are now using this page for updates to other books and have renamed it Publication Updates. One downside of this change is that the web address for the page has changed, so if you had bookmarked the previous page it will return a ‘page not found’ message. Just use the tabs on the website to access the new page and then create a new bookmark.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.