In 1985 the Society took the decision to publish a detailed history of public road transport in Leeds. These would be high quality books based on extensive detailed research featuring appropriate illustration.
Volume 1, which covered the period up to 1902, was published that year and a further four volumes complete the story up to bus deregulation in 1986. In late 2012 a further book, Leeds Transport on Postcards was published.
Details of all the books are listed below, and are available to purchase by using the order request form, specifying your preferred payment method and mode of delivery.
Please note that postage and packing for up to five books within the UK is £8.50. Free delivery is available within the Leeds area, or copies can be collected if that suits you better. Overseas buyers can contact the Society in the same way, and postage and packaging details will be provided to your location.
Proceeds from the sale of the books go towards the preservation of Leeds Transport artifacts and helped to fund the restoration of horse tram No.107.
On 29th July 2017 a new book is due to be published:-
This book contains 129 digitally recoloured images of Leeds Transport to demonstrate the full range of liveries carried by Leeds Transport vehicles.
LEEDS TRANSPORT VOLUME ONE 1830 -1902
This book covers the beginnings of public road transport in Leeds including the horse buses, the early horse and steam tramways and the early electric tramways including the pioneering Roundhay Electric.
This book continues the story public road transport in Leeds, covering the end of the steam trams and the expansion of the tram system, the introduction of both private and municipal motor buses and the trolleybuses.
This volume is further extension of public road transport story in Leeds, covering the final expansion of the tramway system, including the reserved track lines, as well as the schemes that did not get built. The impact of the second world war is covered along with the further development of bus services, both private and municipal. The first stages of tramway abandonment are also covered.
This book continues the story of public road transport in Leeds, including the run down and abandonment of the tramways, and the last years of Leeds City Transport as a municipal concern. The other private operators that worked into Leeds such as Samuel Ledgard and West Yorkshire Road Car are covered too.
The final volume in the set covers the formation of the West Yorkshire PTE and Metro and runs up to privatisation. It also covers the various trolleybus proposals (prior to NGT) and has a chapter detailing the various preserved Leeds vehicles both trams and buses, as well as other preservation attempts.
This edition contains 248 reproductions of postcards that feature a variety of forms of transport in or related to Leeds.
The book is printed on high quality art paper and with full colour reproduction. Most of the images are in sepia and about 30 are in full colour where the originals were in colour.