It’s been a while since we updated you on our activity and thought now is the time to do so.
Our monthly Allocation Supplements which provide up to date information for our Fleet Handbook series continue to interest and many copies are downloaded each month. We intend to continue to provide this service through 2015, but with more fleets now covered in our Fleet Handbook series it will take a little longer each month for all Supplements to be updated and uploaded.
Talking about Fleet Handbooks we have announced today two additions to the series, with books covering Stagecoach South West and Stagecoach South East due to be published in Late March/April. The South East book is our biggest Fleet Handbook so far and due to the number of pages will need to be perfect bound, rather than stapled. This, coupled with the number of pages, means that the price for this book will be £6.95.
Also due for publication by the end of April will be a new Midland Red photo album (Midland Red Remembered), which features photographs from Transport Commentator David Cole and also a Guide Book to the Historic Bus & Coach Fleet owned by Stagecoach. We are extremely pleased that Sir Brian Souter has provided the Foreword to this book.
Work continues on the Stagecoach South Wales Fleet Handbook, but we don’t have a publication date yet.
We will also start work in the Spring on the new edition of the Stagecoach East Midlands book, and will be pleased to receive images for consideration for this title. Towards the end of the year we will also be publishing a new edition of our Stagecoach East Fleet Handbook.
We have also refreshed the look of our web pages, without altering the way that you navigate through the pages.
We are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new Virgin Trains East Coast rail franchise, and will bring you full details at the beginning of next month.
Our Fleet Ramblings Blog continues to be interest and I am grateful to those readers’ who have provided regular information to us.
Finally, Royal Mail is increasing its postal rates from March 30th. Details of the new prices will be available from the end of February but we have posted details of our new charges for post and packing from that date on our publications page. We have now based the postal rates on the actual costs for each type of publication rather than a generic rate for all books. However, we are offering a special postage rate for all orders received up to and including Friday 27th March 2015.
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.