Two absorbing pages deal with experimental vehicles tried in Johannesburg during the eighties, in the course of a test project largely funded by the national Department of Transport. It would have been instructive to trace routes so comprehensively described.Back in 1975, author Brian Patton (who took many of the pictures himself) put the finishing touches to the definitive publication Johannesburg Tramways - which did include maps.
One or two miniscule errors of detail may be forgiven - Patton is not the only one confused by the niceties of Cape Town's tramway company names and details.
Many vehicles have been rebodied, making it difficult to identify individual buses by visual inspection.
The photographs include visiting buses that happened to be in Port Elizabeth when the book was being put together (such as an SA Roadliner double-deck intercity coach), and also typical minibus-taxis.
One of the vehicles pictured was part of an order for Johannesburg diverted in the early days of World War II to London Transport, who numbered it 1745.
Another, LT 1749, was supposed to have gone to Durban.