Scottish museum triumph

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Nick Larkin reports on a successful open day at Lathalmond

The world’s largest bus museum held a highly successful open weekend just a couple of weeks after it was confirmed the event was going ahead following the relative easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Visiting vehicles old and new joined the 170 or so exhibits at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum for the two-day show on the weekend of 21/22 August. A free service operated from Dunfermline bus station to the event at the Lathalmond-based attraction. Exhibits included ex-Lothian Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer 2 61, SK52 OJE, latterly used by Artemis Intelligent Power, Loanhead as testbed for its hydraulic hybrid driveline in partnership with Lothian and technical support from Alexander Dennis. The bus is now part of the SVBM collection.

Museum spokesman Jasper Pettie said: “It went very well, considering that we didn’t know until 9 August if it could go ahead We had rain on the Saturday but that didn’t really cause problems.”

The museum is open every Sunday until the first weekend in October.

Numerically the last Leyland bought by Lothian, this 1991 Leyland Lynx ended its service days with Brylaine in Lincolnshire. It was saved from going for scrap and superbly restored, including the reinstatement of a second passenger door. RICHARD WALTER












One of the first buses to be operated by Stagecoach, this new to Fife 1964 Bristol Lodekka FS6G has been restored to original livery. RICHARD WALTER











Leaving Dumfermline Bus Station is JWS 594, which began life as a London example, GLL 577, in 1943 but ten years later was rebuilt and re-registered by Edinburgh Corporation. RICHARD WALTER












Tours are held of the museum’s extensive workshops every Sunday until October. RICHARD WALTER











One of the smallest buses at the museum is this 1924 Ford BB with James Martin 14-seat body, new to David Lawson of Kirkintilloch. When rescued for preservation in 1967 it had become a children’s play hut, finally carrying passengers again 50 years later. RICHARD WALTER












This Bedford SB with a Mulliner body was originally a Royal Navy bus new in 1953 and registered 51 51 RN. It was sold to A&C McLennan in late 1965 and re-registered FGS 59D in 1966. Its petrol engine was later replaced by a diesel, and the bus spent 25 years transporting berry pickers before passing to the McLennan Preservation Group. RICHARD WALTER













Microcars meet large buses. For the record, that’s a Meadows Frisky in front followed by a Bond Minicar! RICHARD WALTER












Taking the museum into the low-floor era is this 2002 new to Lothian Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer, latterly a testbed for Artemis Power’s hydraulic hybrid driveline. RICHARD WALTER