Christophe PUVILLAUD, the undisputed specialist in transport in France and of the name with the locomotive, brushes an accurate and exhaustive portrait of the whole range of public transport vehicles made by the great Lyons industrialist, in four chapters devoted to omnibuses, buses and trolley buses. From 1905 to 1979, from the first 1905 type 22 Chassis to the PER 180, the last model of trolley bus which came of the assembly lines, via the “pig’s snout” and the key PR coaches and P.C.M.E. buses, it’s a whole industrial adventure and a whole piece of French transport which is offered to the reader of this indispensable encyclopedia of Berliet public transport vehicles.
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This publisher specializes in this type of book (magazines too) and it clearly was a labor of love for its author, a recognized expert in his field. So taken was he with buses as a youngster that he ended up working for the public transport provider in the city of Lyon, which just happens to be Berliet’s hometown...Each model is introduced with fairly minimal narrative, accompanied by quite comprehensive specs, and illustrated with hundreds and hundreds of photos, drawings, and a few ads and some ephemera. Especially in the early days there are some quite adventurous designs such as single-deck open-top machines with cabriolet- or sedanca-style removable or retractable tops. Especially the photos of city buses at work show much contemporary detail such as other cars, notable buildings, even the occasional aircraft. (Speedreaders.info)
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