Conversion to one man bus operation in Scotland during the 1960s

News stories are free to read. Click here for full access to all the features, articles and archive from only £2.99.

John Sinclair shares some images from his collection dating back to the 1960s, a period where the Scottish Bus Group’s half-cabs were being structurally converted for One Man Operation (OMO)

Whilst it was customary for normal control buses to be operated without a conductor in the more remote parts of Scotland, it was only the arrival of underfloor engine buses that enabled this to become normal practice.

Many small independent companies adapted their half-cab single decks to allow the driver to collect fares, but the mighty Scottish Bus Group only converted 11 Leyland Tiger PS1s and two double-decks, although Alexander Northern did acquire eight vehicles converted by previous owners, of which only one was painted into fleet colours.

Six single decks were in the Alexander Midland fleet, and their Alexander bodies were adapted by inserting a triangular piece between the offside cab and the front bulkhead to accommodate a Setright stand.

Are you enjoying this feature? Why not subscribe to continue reading?

Subscribe for 4 issues/weeks from only £2.99
Or login if you are already a subscriber

By subscribing you will benefit from:

  • Operator & Supplier Profiles
  • Face-to-Face Interviews
  • Latest News
  • Test Drives and Reviews
  • Legal Updates
  • Route Focus
  • Industry Insider Opinions
  • Passenger Perspective
  • Vehicle Launches
  • and much more!