Companion to British Road Haulage History

Companion to British Road Haulage HistoryPublished by NMSI Trading Ltd., publishing arm of the Science Museum and edited by John Armstrong, John Aldridge, Grahame Boyes, Gordon Mustoe and Richard Storey, this is the first encyclopaedic reference work to address in depth the subject of road haulage in Britain throughout the twentieth century.

The Companion to British Road Haulage History presents some 600 cross-referenced articles on the business, economic, legal, administrative, technical and social aspects of road freight transport in Britain, from the very beginning of the motor vehicle era, through the slow transition from horse-drawn transport, to modern heavy lorries.

The editorial team comprised:
John Armstrong – Professor of Business History at Thames Valley University and from 1989 to 2001 was editor of the Journal of Transport History.
John Aldridge – transport journalist and author of several books on the history of bus transport.
Grahame Boyes – President of the Railway and Canal Historical Society and a contributor to the Oxford Companion to British Railway History.
Gordon Mustoe – retired librarian and the author of Fisher Renwick 1874-1972 and British Road Services: the early years, and the forthcoming book The Express Carrier.
Richard Storey – former archivist of the University of Warwick Modern Records Centre, a significant repository of records of the road haulage industry.

ISBN 1 900747 46 4.  544 pages, 190 illustrations; 248 x 177mm hardback.

The Companion to British Road Haulage History is no longer available.

A new book, The Companion to Public Road Transport History in Great Britain and Ireland, is in preparation for publication in late 2013.

2 thoughts on “Companion to British Road Haulage History

  1. John bulcraig

    It is possible to discover about the growth of firms like
    McNamara road transport in the Midlands
    Are there any websites with transport history on

    1. Amy


      I’m not sure of existing written sources but I’ve briefly checked the National Archives catalogue ( and they have some evidence of legal affairs related to the firm… may be worth checking with the relevant local studies archive too. Also, I’m guessing you’ve already searched via Google. Maybe one of my colleagues can help as I know this isn’t very useful!


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