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Bus Roots$33.00 AUDBus Roots
by Neil H. Kirk
148 pages, 153 mm x 235 mm, Hard cover, Section sewn
Bus Roots is the story of a remarkable bus company, written by a remarkable man who spent a lifetime with the company which was based in Palmerston North and Feilding in New Zealand, but which served the entire country well since it was founded in 1920 - this is the story of Madge Motors.
Neil, born in 1916 in the small town of Feilding, New Zealand, began travelling with the equally small Madge Motors Char-a-Banc Service at age 13, to the neighbouring city of Palmerston North where he was a weekday boarder at the Boy’s High School. He soon knew all the drivers and was given jobs such as punching the tickets and collecting fares. At school’s end, Neil got his bus driver’s licence and worked part-time for the company while attaining his Mechanical Engineering ‘ticket’, and then became employed full time by Madges for the next 40 odd years. During this time his exploits in the workshop would have ‘hair raising’ results. He drove many ‘Specials’ for Massey College tutorials, school buses and occasionally provided transportation for crisis situations such as railway derailments, slips in the gorge and floods. This book is about the growth of a bus company. Madge’s buses can be seen far and wide in New Zealand today. If you see one, give it a wave, it’s come a long way.