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Brian Kelly and Daniel Francis

Madeira Park (B.C.), Harbour Publish­ing, 1990. I60pp, cloth, $39.95
ISBN 1-55017-021-X. CIP

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Robin Lewis.

Volume 18 Number 6
1990 November

Brian Kelly, a former bus driver and now a manager with B.C. Transit, has had a long-standing interest in transit memorabilia. He has provided the documentation for most of this book, which deals with land-based, largely urban public transit from the jitney era to the jet age.

The text is well illustrated in both colour and black and white, with picture of men, vehicles, locales and construc­tion techniques. The book goes far beyond the commonplace when it tells of the suburban trams/rail ways, the freight carriers, and the politics and business behind the public transit system in the Vancouver-Victoria area.

This volume will be a resource for younger readers. It might be a nostalgia trip for older ones, because the vehicles were often made in Ontario and sold to cities across Canada. The tall green streetcars, the silent trolleys, the sleek rounded PCCs that we as children longed to travel on, the magical, majes­tic, open sightseeing streetcars with their golden railings had sister vehicles in Montreal or the Maritimes.

Dan Francis is a researcher who has published books such as Partners in Furs. He has done his usual thorough job in writing the final chapter, describ­ing the elevated Sky Train and the aluminum ferry, the SeaBus, which can manoeuvre in four directions as it crosses Burrard Inlet.

The book has an appendix and an index, yet detail is not so exhaustive as to discourage browsing. The real enthusiast would follow up the reading with a visit to the local transit museum.

Robin Lewis, Riverdale High School, Pierrefonds, Que.
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