The Long Road to Bus and Coach Restoration

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Hidden away in the wilds of East Lothian, with beautiful views of the Lammermuir Hills, is a treasure trove of old buses and coaches which were once familiar sights on the streets of Edinburgh. Richard Walter finds out what it takes to preserve them and the challenges of keeping them roadworthy and looking good

The Gifford Transport Group (GTG) started in the early 1990s when a small band of likeminded enthusiasts got together to preserve old Edinburgh buses. The group is currently made up of a small, but extremely dedicated, number of preservationists: Iain Docherty, Jim Mason, Robert Carlyle, Andy McLelland, Gordon Stirling, Mark Hannan and Gavin Robinson. The members come from various backgrounds. There is a retired gas man, truck and bus driver, train driver, retired paramedic, gardener and a couple of PCV drivers.

Gifford Transport Group member Gordon Stirling beside Leyland Tiger Duple 340 65 (D65 BSC). RICHARD WALTER

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