The Splendid city of York lies on flat, arable land called the Vale of York. Once out of the city and into the Vale of York, many beautiful small country villages are hidden away that dominates the area and farms line the roads. Bus operators were needed to provite services linking these local villiages & towns with York especially on market days. Consequently, routes were very rural and besides catering for the traditional market day shoppers, they often carried a considerable volume of passengers to work in York.
The book containing over 150 photos, many in colou, tells the story of stage bus companies, including Eversham Brothers, Baileyd, J. Broadbent, Milburn & Gorwood Brothers, who operated from the East of York. All of these companies had similarities and like many rural bus services, they started by running a service to their nearest market town. This was often done to get a second income to supplement their main living, which usually came from farming & agriculture. As time progressed, most of the operators grew thei bus network & also offered excursions & private hires. However changes to the way of life in the 1950s & 1960s, including the growth of television & car ownership, led to the demise of many true bus operators, including all of those featured in the book.