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  AEC BOOKS  
A.E.C. Buses, Trucks, Dumptruks & Railcars have featured in many, many books, magazines and journals over the years, and not least in the company's own literature, obviously.  This page is designed to tell the reader which books have been referred to in the compilation of this website, and the related Fotopics picture archive, and is not a definitive listing of every book on A.E.C.
My favourite books are those which feature vehicles photographed by the official A.E.C. photographer, inside, or at the main gates of, the Works at Southall.  The new series of books by Brian Thackray promises to be the most comprehensive study of A.E.C. ever published.  The two volumes issued to date are very highly recommended.
Then there are the books which include photos taken at Southall by others but which often offer the reader a glimpse of the goings on inside the Works.  For example, Ken Glazier's book about the London RF includes a rare photo of one of the Regal IV prototypes, VMK271, before it was re-registered for service on the Isle of Man.
Having been brought up in London Transport territory it's no surprise that several LT-related books are listed below.  Of particular interest to me are the London Bus File series of handbooks, also by Ken Glazier.
Not shown here, but a very important part of my "arsenal", are the indispensable chassis lists compiled by the PSV Circle.
The majority of these books are out of print, but second-hand copies can be obtained at vehicle rallies.  Don't buy from the first stall you stop at, it's worth shopping around to get the best price.
A E C   T I T L E S
The AEC Society Gazette AEC Builders of London's Buses by Alan Thomas & John Aldridge (1979) Blue Triangle by Alan Townsin (1980) World Trucks No 10 AEC by Pat Kennett (1980)
The AEC Society Gazette
Published quarterly by
© The AEC Society

Launched in 1984 by the
AEC Society's founder
Brian Goulding.
AEC Builders of London's Buses
Alan Thomas & John Aldridge
© Ian Henry 1979

Concise account of AEC's history illustrated with many interesting contemporary photos.
Blue Triangle
Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1980
ISBN 0-903839-47-4 (HB)
Retrospective look at AEC buses, published the year after Southall closed.
World Trucks No 10 AEC
Pat Kennett
© Patrick Stephens 1980
ISBN 0-85059-398-0 (HB)
Sought-after pictorial history of AEC truck development.
AEC Buses in Camera by Robin Hannay (1982) AEC Trucks in Camera by S.W.Stevens-Stratten (1984) 75 Years of AEC by Alan Townsin (1987) 80 Years of AEC by Alan Townsin & Brian Goulding (1992)
AEC Buses in Camera
Robin Hannay
© Ian Allan 1982
ISBN 0-7110-1160-5 (HB)
The author focuses on the development of AEC buses for markets away from London.
AEC Trucks in Camera
S.W.Stevens-Stratten
© Ian Allan 1984
ISBN 0-7110-1443-4 (HB)
An alternative pictorial history of AEC commercial vehicles.
75 Years of AEC
Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1987
ISBN 0-86317-142-7 (SB)
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of AEC. How sad that the firm didn't make it to that milestone.
80 Years of AEC
Alan Townsin & Brian Goulding
© Transport Publishing Co 1992
ISBN 0-86317-177-X (SB)
Looking at AECs in the UK and around the world. Includes some very interesting pictures of Southall Works.
AEC Lorries in the Post-War Years 1945-1979 by Graham Edge (1994) Ian Allan Transport Library AEC by Alan Townsin (1998) The AEC Story Part One by Brian Thackray (2001) AEC Vehicles Origins to 1929 by Brian Thackray (2004)
AEC Lorries in the Post-War Years 1945-1979
Graham Edge
© Roundoak Publishing 1994
ISBN 1-871565-21-9 (HB)
Study of the most popular AEC trucks in the period since 1945. With many photos of working AECs plus an excellent colour section.
Ian Allan Transport Library
AEC

Alan Townsin
© Ian Allan 1998
ISBN 0-7110-2620-3 (HB)
Some fine official photos of AECs posed outside Southall Works illustrate the AEC story.
The AEC Story Part One
Brian Thackray
© Venture Publications 2001
ISBN 1-898432-37-6 (HB)

First part of an authoritative work examining the early years of AEC. Now out of print.
AEC Vehicles Origins to 1929
Brian Thackray
© Venture Publications 2004
ISBN 1-898432-44-9 (HB)

In-depth study of AEC model development in the period up to the Reliance 660 of 1929.
M O D E L - S P E C I F I C   T I T L E S
The Best of British Buses No 2 The AEC Q Family by Alan Townsin (1981) The Best of British Buses No 6 AEC Regals by Alan Townsin (1982) The Best of British Buses No 7 AEC Regents 1929-1942 by Alan Townsin (1982) The Best of British Buses No 10 AEC Regents 1945-1968 by Alan Townsin (1986)
The Best of British Buses No 2
The AEC Q Family

Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1981
ISBN 903839 57 1 (HB)
Detailed illustrated account covering all variants of the advanced side-engined Q-type. Many official photos.
The Best of British Buses No 6
AEC Regals

Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1982
ISBN 0-903839-72-5 (SB)
Development of the front engined Regal from the original 1929 version through Mk II, Mk III & Export Mk V types.
The Best of British Buses No 7
AEC Regents 1929-1942

Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1982
ISBN 0-903839-73-3 (SB)
Development of the Regent type 661 introduced to many fleets in the Thirties.
The Best of British Buses No 10
AEC Regents 1945-1968

Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1986
ISBN 0-86317-131-1 (HB)
The Regent story concluded with Mk III, Mk V, the one-off Mk IV and of course the RT type.
AEC Mandator V8 by Graham Edge (1997) AEC Mammoth Major Mk III by Graham Edge (1999) AEC Mercury by Graham Edge (2001) AEC Mustang & Marshal by Graham Edge (2002)
AEC Mandator V8
Graham Edge
© Gingerfold Publications 1997

Detailed history of V8 engined AECs covering Mandators, Mammoth Majors and the mighty Sabre heavy duty coach.
AEC Mammoth Major Mk III
Graham Edge
© Gingerfold Publications 1999
ISBN 1-902356-05-5 (SB)
Definitive guide to the archetypal AEC!  The ultimate AEC lorry described in words & pictures from the AEC archive.
AEC Mercury
Graham Edge
© Gingerfold Publications 2001
ISBN 1-902356-07-1 (SB)
72 pages of informed text plus archive photos, many in colour, tell the story of AEC's most successful medium-weight lorry.
AEC Mustang & Marshal
Graham Edge
© Gingerfold Publications 2002
ISBN 1-902568-08-X (SB)
Companion volume to the AEC Mercury, with many colour and black & white photos.
AEC Mandator by Graham Edge (2005) AEC Bridgemaster by Grahame Wareham (1979)    AEC Renown by Grahame Wareham (1979) AEC Reliance by Gerald Truran & Philip Platt (1999)
AEC Mandator
Graham Edge
© Gingerfold Publications 2005
ISBN 1-902356-14-4 (SB)
Covering Matador Mk III up to tilt-cab Mandator & Mammoth Minor. Packed with pictures.
AEC Bridgemaster / AEC Renown
Grahame Wareham
© O.B.P.S. 1979
ISBN 0-9506739-0-0 / -1-9 (SB)
Illustrated histories of both classes with chassis lists & details of initial disposals.
AEC Reliance
Gerald Truran & Philip Platt
© Roundoak Publishing 1999
ISBN 1-871565-34-0 (HB)
Story of the best-selling postwar AEC single deck passenger chassis. More than 180 photos.
M O D E L - S P E C I F I C   L O N D O N   T R A N S P O R T   T I T L E S
The STLs by Ken Blacker (1984) The First RTs by Alan Townsin & Tony Beard (1996) RT The Story of a London Bus by Ken Blacker (1979) RF
by Ken Glazier (1991)
The STLs
Ken Blacker
© Capital Transport 1984
ISBN 0-904711-61-7 (HB)
Fascinating history of the huge class of London AEC Regents with the common code STL.
The First RTs
Alan Townsin & Tony Beard
© Capital Transport 1996
ISBN 1-85414-177-5 (HB)
History of "prewar" RTs 1-151. Ten appendices include body changes and wartime route allocations.
RT The Story of a London Bus
Ken Blacker
© Capital Transport 1979
ISBN 0-904711-24-2 (HB)
The definitive study of the RT. Full history from prototype to last days in service.
RF
Ken Glazier
© Capital Transport 1991
ISBN 1-85414-138-4 (HB)
History of London's RF class of AEC Regal IVs and includes the RFW & BEA coaches.
Routemaster Volume One 1954-1969 by Ken Blacker (1991) Routemaster Volume Two 1970-1989 by Ken Blacker (1992) Routemaster Handbook 93rd Edition) by Andrew Morgan (2001) Routemaster Jubilee by Geoff Rixon (2004)
Routemaster
Volume One 1954-1969

Ken Blacker
© Capital Transport 1991
ISBN 1-85414-131-7 (HB)
The Routemaster's first 15 years covered in 24 detailed chapters, featuring some superb colour photos.
Routemaster
Volume Two 1970-1989

Ken Blacker
© Capital Transport 1992
ISBN 1-85414-142-2 (HB)
All over adverts, London Country, The Queen's Silver Jubilee & Shillibeer.
More superb colour photos.
Routemaster Handbook
Andrew Morgan
© Capital Transport 2001
ISBN 1-85414-237-2 (SB)

3rd Edition of the illustrated listing of all known surviving Routemasters, compiled by the RMOOA's Chairman.
Routemaster Jubilee
Geoff Rixon
© Ian Allan 2004
ISBN 0-7110-2999-7 (HB)

Published in Routemaster's 50th anniversary year. Worth buying for the colour shots taken at Southall Works alone!
O T H E R   L O N D O N   T R A N S P O R T   &   A E C - R E L A T E D   T I T L E S
London Buses 1929-1939 by Gavin Martin (1990) London Buses Before The War by Ken Glazier (1995) London Bus File 1933-39 by Ken Glazier (2001) London Bus File 1933-39 by Ken Glazier (2002)
London Buses 1929-1939
Gavin Martin
© Ian Allan 1990
ISBN 0-7110-1880-4 (HB)

Highly detailed examination of vehicle types introduced to London during this fascinating period. Many photos taken by the author.
London Buses Before The War
Ken Glazier
© Capital Transport 1995
ISBN 1-85414-182-1 (HB)

History of the first 6 years of the L.P.T.B.
London Bus File 1933-39
Double Deckers

Ken Glazier
© Capital Transport 2001
ISBN 1-85414-249-6 (SB)
Complete list of all buses & coaches owned by LT, with description & history of each vehicle type.
London Bus File 1933-39
Single Deckers

Ken Glazier
© Capital Transport 2002
ISBN 1-85414-262-3 (SB)
Complete list of all buses & coaches owned by LT, with description & history of each vehicle type. Many other titles available.
London's Classic Buses by John A Gray (1999) London Transport Service Vehicles SUP 15 compiled by Julian Bowden-Green (1978) Bus Company Service Vehicles by Colin Wright (1985) BCVM Trust Archive Series Volume 1 Southall Twilight
London's Classic Buses
John A Gray
© Capital Transport 2002
ISBN 1-85414-210-0 (HB)
London bus books don't come much better than this. Full of colour plate photos of RTs and RMs, many previously unpublished.
London Transport Service Vehicles SUP15
Julian Bowden-Green
© L.O.T.S. 1978
Meticulous listing of fleet numbers, dates into and out of service, chassis nos etc. Many AECs listed.
Bus Company Service Vehicles
Colin Wright
© Wyvern Publications 1985

Useful chapter featuring Matadors, Militants and Regents converted by bus companies for a variety of ancillary purposes.
Southall Twilight
Narrated by Graham Edge
© BCVM Trust 1996

Three promotional films including V8 Mandator and Marathon.
Park Royal Coachworks Vol 1 by Alan Townsin (1979) Park Royal Coachworks Vol 2 by Alan Townsin (1980) London's Lorries by Arthur Ingram (1990)
Park Royal Coachworks Vol 1
Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1981
ISBN 0-903839-17-2 (HB)
Pictorial review of bus building in Park Royal N.W.10 from 1924 to 1944. Bodybuilder's photographs include many AECs.
Park Royal Coachworks Vol 2
Alan Townsin
© Transport Publishing Co 1980
ISBN 0-903839-42-3 (HB)
Second volume spanning the period from 1942 to closure in 1980. AECs feature throughout.
London's Lorries
Arthur Ingram
© Roundoak Publishing 1990
ISBN 1-871565-06-5 (HB)
Pictorial review of London's road transport in the '50s & 60s with many AECs featured.
Provincial The Gosport & Fareham Story by Patrick Miller (1981) Nostalgia Road Famous Fleets Volume Three, The London Brick Company by Bill Aldridge (1990) Nostalgia Road Volume Three, British Fire Engines of the 1950s and 1960s by Simon Rowley (2000) The Fire Brigade Handbook, Special Appliances Volume 1 (1997)
Provincial The Gosport & Fareham Story
Patrick Miller
© Transport Publishing Co 1981
ISBN 0-903839-47-4 (SB)
Hampshire operator famous for rebuilding a variety of buses including Regal 4s and a Mandator petrol tanker!
The London Brick Company
Bill Aldridge
© Trans-Pennine
Publications
1998
ISBN 0-9521070-9-0 (SB)
Pictorial review of London's road transport in the '50s & 60s with many AECs featured.
British Fire Engines of the 1950s and 1960s
Simon Rowley (2000)
© Trans-Pennine Publications
ISBN 0-9521070-7-4 (SB)
Appliances on AEC & Maudslay chassis are discussed in this interesting book.
The Fire Brigade Handbook
(edited by) Clive Shearman
© British Bus Publishing 1997
ISBN 1-897990-49-9 (SB)

Directory of specialist appliances including AEC Regent, Regal & Mercury chassis.
Nostalgia Road Buses in Colour Vol 2, Buses in and Around Huddersfield (2005)
Buses in and Around Huddersfield
Robert W Berry
© Trans-Pennine
Publications
2005
ISBN 1-903016-62-6 (SB)
Illustrated history of Huddersfield's buses covering the Corporation, J.O.C., Hanson's and much more.