New book: Glasgow's Buses to be on sale at the Open Weekend.

We're pleased to announce that two new books will be on sale at the Open Weekend Stewart J Brown's latest book, Glasgow's Buses and Kenny Barclay's book Restoring a Bus. Stewart will be available to sign copies on the Saturday and Kenny will be available on the Sunday. Glasgow's Buses is produced to the same high standards as Fawndoon's previous widely-praised titles, Scotland's Buses in the 1960s (2016) and Advancing in a Forward Direction (2017). The story of the buses (and trolleybuses) of Glasgow Corporation and of the PTE which succeeded it is a fascinating one, and Glasgow's Buses traces it from the first solid-tyred vehicles in 1924 through to the privatisation of the city's bus operator, the PTE-owned Strathclyde Buses, in 1993. In the late 1980s, when he first took an interest in the buses he was travelling on, Kenny Barclay wouldn't have imagined in his wildest dreams that he would ever own one. Now he has four. Purchasing a Leyland Leopard from 1980 in May 2007, three more buses of varying shapes and sizes followed over the next two years and he has lovingly restored each of them. Here, Kenny Barclay gives a fascinating insight into this restoration process. A history of each bus, including technical specifications, is included alongside a selection of images of each vehicle in its heyday. This is followed by a fully illustrated account of each of the restoration projects, as well as photographs of the buses once restored to their former glory.

Lothian Buses excursion to the Open Weekend

Once again our friends at Lothian Buses will be running an excursion, from Edinburgh, to the SVBM on both days of the Open Weekend. Timings are as follows:
Depart St Andrew Square (stop YD) at 0930: Arrive SVBM 1030.
Depart SVBM 1600, arrive St Andrew Square at 1700.
Please see the Lothian Buses website for full details, including how to book tickets.
Prices: Day Return Ticket £5.00
Tickets will be sent via first class post.
(up to 2 children (5-15 years) may travel FREE with any fare paying Adult but please reserve seating for them)
Any additional children purchase our Day Return Ticket £5.00 Return
Scottish National Concession Cards and Ridacards are NOT valid on this service.
Return bus tickets do not include Museum Entry

The SVBM acquires VA5777

We are pleased to announce the purchase at auction of VA5777 a 1926 AEC Renown with Metcalfe B25R body. New to Greater Glasgow Omnibus and Motor Services Hamilton fleet no 22. Although the bus is complete it will need considerable work to make it fully roadworthy but considering its historic importance the Museum felt it was right that it should be saved and returned to Scotland. Hopefully the bus may be delivered to Lathalmond in the next week or so. Watch this space.

Lighting up the Queensferry Crossing

For several weeks beforehand it was well known that the new Queensferry Crossing would be open to traffic on Wednesday 30 August. However what was not widely known outwith media circles was the pre- opening lighting ceremony held on the Monday evening of that week where Nicola Sturgeon Scottish First Minister formally switched on the bridge lighting. Both Stagecoach and Lothian Buses were asked to provide both vintage and modern buses to take part in a ceremonial crossing of the new bridge as part of the lighting up ceremony. Several old and new cars also took part. Just after dusk Nicola Sturgeon boarded Lothians Leyland PD3 ASC665B and together with Stagecoachs Leyland Royal Tiger BMS222 driven by Museum member Eddie Taylor they headed the convoy from the south approach to the centre of the bridge where the switch on took place.

Bedford OB and Bristol VR emerge

Two projects that are emerging from the Museum workshops are Starks Bedford OB SS7486 and Lowland Scottish Bristol VR NDL 656R. Both of these vehicles were major projects for their owners having been resident at the museum for some time. The OB represents a typical rural bus of the 1950s and contrasts with the 1977 Bristol VR. The Bristol was new to Southern Vectis and was bought by the privatised Lowland Scottish operation in the 1990s