As the Contents list below shows, this is an extensive book telling a big story that ranges from the 1920s world of Scammell articulated units to the mid 2000s Mercedes, Renaults, MANs and DAFs of UPS, DHL and City Link.
Using over 600 photographs, the authors set the story of BRS Parcels, its antecedents and successors in the context of the UK parcels industry as a whole. The book is particularly detailed in dealing with the three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The Appendices cover: Red Arrows Deliveries Ltd; members of the National Conference of Express carriers; rail freight companies owned by the railway companies and transferred to the RHE; nationalised undertakings forming BRS Parcels Division. The book is fully indexed.
Origins of the express carrier – rise of long-distance express services – Red Arrow, Express carriers and interworking – The NCPC/NCEC and the parcels business – evolution of the carrier vehicle – progress of the NCEC – Second World War – Pickfords, Carter Paterson, Sutton & Co – nationalisation; major independents history and acquisition – creation of the BRS Parcels group – early vehicles in the BRS parcels service – BRS (Parcels) Ltd formation and areas – competition and the VA van – BRS Parcels and the holding company – Transport Holding Co. parcels acquisitions – NFC and the road to privatisation – rise of the new independent carrier – Atlas Express – United Carriers – Blue Band Express – Crowfoots Carriers – TNT – GPO, Royal Mail and Parcelforce – contemporary parcels scene – Appendices.
- 304 pages
- 615 Colour and Black and White Photographs Throughout
- Hardback book
- 274mm x 203mm