Happy Birthday to Buses

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BUSES Magazine – one of the jewels in Key Publishing’s crown – is 70 years old this month.

First published in 1949 as Buses Illustrated, the title dropped the Illustrated tag in 1968 and has been simply Buses ever since. It’s one of Key’s titles with a genuine hybrid readership, loved by industry professionals and bus enthusiasts in equal measure and recognised as the voice of the industry.

But don’t try reconciling the issue number when looking at the title’s history. In the early years the magazine had something of a turbulent history as editor Alan Millar explained: “It started off monthly, but after the first seven issues publication was suspended for over a year owing to a shortage of paper and a cashflow problem at then owners, Ian Allan.”

“The title reappeared quarterly in late 1951, went bi-monthly in 1957, then monthly in 1958 but two issues were combined mid-1959 when the then editor became terminally ill. The magazine has been monthly ever since.”

Alan has been editing the title since 1999 so is celebrating 20 years in the driving seat himself.

The latest issue features an article by Michael Dryhurst, a regular contributor now living in the USA who has been reading the title since issue one.

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