Kenny Barclay Transport Books Published by Amberley Publishing

During 2017 and 2018 I had a number of transport books published by Amberley Publishing. Two of the titles cover British Rail in the 1980s and 1990s. The other titles cover buses during the deregulation years in Scotland, and Restoring a Bus, published in July 2018.


The books are available from the usual retailers, but can also be ordered directly from myself at a competitive price.


Please contact me at books@kdbarclay.com for further details.

All books can be signed at no extra cost.

Scottish Buses during deregulation


On 26 October 1986 Britain’s bus services were deregulated. This applied to all services operated in England, Scotland and Wales, but did not apply in Northern Ireland or London. In the run up to deregulation the Scottish Bus Group was restructured from seven companies (Central, Eastern, Fife, Midland, Northern, Highland and Western Scottish) into eleven companies along with Scottish Citylink Coaches. The new companies (Clydeside, Kelvin, Strathtay and Lowland Scottish) all developed bright new liveries to set them apart from their former owners. Competition for passengers was fierce with existing operators suddenly facing new rival operators; congestion and bitter battles took place across the country.


 


In order to survive companies had to work hard to win new passengers as well as keep their existing passengers. New liveries, marketing campaigns and new vehicles both big and small arrived. Most companies dabbled with minibuses – some even went back to crew operation, and large fleets of London Routemaster buses took to the streets of Glasgow.


 


In this book Kenny Barclay, a lifelong transport enthusiast shares some of his photographs of the vehicles to be seen on the roads of Scotland leading up to and after Deregulation Day, showing the fast pace of changes that took place during this time.


Restoring a Bus

In the late 1980s, when he first took an interest in the buses he was travelling

on, Kenny Barclay wouldn’t have imagined in his wildest dreams that he

would ever own one. Now he has four. Purchasing a Leyland Leopard from

1980 in May 2007, three more buses of varying shapes and sizes followed

over the next two years and has lovingly restored each of them.


Here, Kenny Barclay gives fascinating insight into this restoration process. A history

of each bus, including technical specifications, is included, alongside a

selection of images of each vehicle in its heyday. This is followed by a fully

illustrated account of each of the restoration projects, as well as photographs

of the buses once restored to their former glory.


Packed with fascinating photography, Restoring a Classic Bus is perfect both

for those looking to enter the preservation scene as well as those who simply

admire vintage vehicles.

British Rail in the 1980s and 1990s Diesel Locomotives and DMUs

The 1980s and 1990s were exciting times for the railways of Britain. For many years British Rail had been formed into a number of regions and the livery for the rolling stock consisted of blue and grey or just plain blue. Now however, the railways of Britain were entering a new chapter of sectorisation, restructuring and ultimately privatisation.  We were introduced to exciting new bold liveries like Network Southeast’s red, white and blue livery and InterCity’s white, dark grey and red stripe livery complete with stylish silver Swallow logo.  Provincial, later renamed Regional Railways also introduced many different blue liveries to suit the new units being delivered at the time. The freight companies also introduced new liveries mostly a two tone grey with subsector markings to denote which subsector owned it. RES (Rail Express Systems) later introduced a striking red livery and grey livery with blue and grey flashes. These were definitely colourful times.


New and refurbished locomotives, coaches, diesel and electric multiple units all entered service across the country finished in the new liveries of the recently formed sectors. Rolling stock would also regularly move around the network as new vehicles were delivered and over time they would receive new liveries for their new work. In this book, the first of two, Kenny Barclay shares some of his collection of photographs of diesel locomotives and diesel multiple units taken at various locations across the country during the 1980s and 1990s. Kenny was employed by BR at this time. He enjoyed the privilege of free staff travel and was therefore able to travel around the network recording the changes to the BR fleet at this important time. He was also fortunate to gain regular access to a number of depots and works around the country where again he could photograph the changes.

British Rail in the 1980s and 1990s Electric Locomotives, Coaches, DEMUs and EMUs


The 1980s and 1990s were exciting times for British Rail. For many years

British Rail had been structured into regions and the livery for rolling stock

consisted of blue and grey or just plain blue. Now, however, the railways of

Britain were entering a new chapter of sectorisation, restructuring and

divisions. We were introduced to exciting new bold liveries like Network

SouthEast’s red, white, grey and blue, and InterCity’s two-tone grey, red and

white – complete with stylish Silver Swallow logo. The freight companies also

introduced new liveries; mostly a two-tone grey with logo to denote which

sub-sector owned it and RES (Rail Express Systems) later introduced a

striking red livery with blue and grey flashes.


New rolling stock, locomotives, coaches, DMUs and EMUs all entered service

across the country, finished in the new liveries of the recently formed sectors.

Other rolling stock moved on across the network and over time received new

liveries for their new work. In this book, the second of two, Kenny Barclay

shares some of his collection of photographs of electric locomotives,

coaching stock, DEMUs and EMUs taken at various locations across the

country during the 1980s and 1990s.


Being an employee of British Rail at this time, Kenny Barclay had regular

access to a number of depots and railway works where many of his

photographs were taken. This book, a companion to British Rail in the 1980s

and 1990s: Diesel Locomotives and DMUs, exhibits a selection of some of

his finest photographs from this period.