‘Bob the Buggy Bus’ restored

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[/wlm_nonmember][wlm_ismember] Nick Larkin reports on the GVVT’s first open day for over a year and its City Circle running day, which featured the return to the road of a modern classic

A 2001 low floor Volvo B10BLE new to a much missed Scottish independent and immortalised as ‘Bob the Buggy Bus’ has been restored in original livery. Bob began his career with Hutchison of Overtown, North Lanarkshire which was founded in 1922 and sold out to First in 2007.

Withdrawn in 2019, the bus, then with First Glasgow. passed to Mark Loughlan and Ed Bonner, based at the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Bridgetown depot. Body and interior work were needed, and Bob is now back in his original Hutchison’s guise.

The bus was one of 20 historic buses and coaches which toured the City Circle route in central Glasgow on 26 June. “It was a really successful event and although we couldn’t carry the public it really helped keep us in the public eye, and help us publicise forthcoming events,” said museum Chairman Steven Booth.

Bob the Buggy Bus back in his original Hutchison of Overtown guise. RICHARD WALTER
This Duple Midland-bodied AEC Reliance was new to MacBrayne in 1961. RICHARD WALTER
This Alexander-bodied Volvo Olympian was new in 1996 to Metroline in London in closed-top form, coming to the museum courtesy of West Coast Motors. RICHARD WALTER
Alexander-bodied Leyland Atlanteans will always be part of the Glasgow scene for some. XUS 575S was new to Greater Glasgow PTE in October 1977 and is seen here pursued by an AEC Routemaster in Kelvin Central colours. RICHARD WALTER
This Alexander-bodied Volvo B10M was new to Kelvin Central in 1996. RICHARD WALTER
Bob the Buggy Bus back in his original Hutchison of Overtown guise. RICHARD WALTER