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  • Writer's pictureJohn Woodman


A foretaste of the story of how a Blackpool Corporation bus managed the overland journey from London to the Khyber Pass and beyond. The epic tale of two Students and their friends travelling through regions and countries in Blackpool Corporation Transport bus 298 will appear in a new title now being prepared by Rigby Road Publishing: 'Blackpool's Desert Bus'.

This journey was not only completed successfully into Pakistan but also involved number 298's return to Britain. Amazing images of traditional corporation green and cream in settings and traffic a world removed from Blackpool and current conditions in the near east from Syria to Afghanistan.

By way of contrasts above : Tehran AEC bus passes 298 in the streets of Iran's capital - and just a modest example of the hilly terrain traversed in this epic adventure. Blackpool Corporation buses have reached Japan, and several of the resort's trams are providing pleasure as far away as San Francisco - but the story of how 298 toured Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan is an epic adventure which started at Rigby Road Transport Offices in Blackpool and a Yorkshire scrap dealer.

For further information visit Rigby Road Publications website at

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