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3 December 2016

Events diary and archive updated

We've been busy updating our events diary and archive with many more events, vehicle listings and photographs from 1995 - 2016.

Photographs of some vehicles have not been included before such as Volvo Ailsa HSR46X in Flexicard livery at our very first event (which was also the first event held by the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond):

Leyland Tiger B835VSR / LXJ462 at Dunbar:

and Volvo Ailsa NSP326R on its way to Bridgeton Glasgow:

Not all of the photographs are in the slideshow at the top of the page so please make sure you check out the 'photograph' links beside each individual event to see them all.

12 November 2016

Getting ready for winter

With the return of Leyland Atlantean HRS270V - restored for winter storage it was once again time to get the garage tidied and the buses parked in such a way as to allow planned work to take place over the next few months.

This time Bristol VRT OSR204R was on the move giving us the opportunity to take some more recent photographs of it and the bus a chance to bask in some autumn sunshine.

Front nearside

Front offside

Rear of bus

Close up of the Gardner 6LXB engine

Repaired front dome of bus

We also had the opportunity to photograph the front nearside of Daimler Fleetline GSL908N which is alongside Daimler Fleetline PYJ461L on which restoration work has stopped following the sudden death of the main restoration team member Jim Elder  - see this post.

The centre door location on GSL908N had to be revealed to allow suitable parts to be sourced so it could be reinstated. The front of the top deck also had to be revealed on both GSL908N and OSR204R to allow accident damage to be removed and suitable replacements manufactured.

15 October 2016

Vehicle updates

We are pleased to report that work on the restoration of Leyland Leopard ULS330T is progressing very well. The vehicle has now been moved to undercover storage at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum which will allow work to continue in a much more protected environment.

Leyland Olympian M953XES has been given a thorough clean inside and out with plans drawn up for its phased restoration.

Similarly Volvo Ailsa HSR46X has now been adopted by two of our members and work in the interior of the bus is well under way.

Finally Leyland Leopard GSO86V has been given a good clean to prepare it for the winter weather.


12 September 2016

Event: 11 September 2016 - Farming Yesteryear, Scone Palace Parklands

Sunday 11 September saw our Leyland National WBW735X - restored back out on the road once again and this time it was the first appearance of the bus at Farming Yesteryear held at Scone Palace Parklands, by Perth and hosted by Scottish Vintage Tractor & Engine Club.

Keeping us company was 1972 Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R Alexander Y type XGM450L T150 Central SMT which our National last met a couple of years ago in Glasgow but then they were at opposite sides of the garage!

The good weather also allowed us to put our popular photograph collection on display alongside the bus documenting Dundee Buses in the 20th Century.

And on the way back home we just happened to pass one of the much more up-to-date buses currently on route 7 to Scone - 2012 Alexander Dennis Enviro 350H hybrid SP12DYS 29016 Stagecoach in Perth.


28 August 2016

Event: 27 & 28 August 2016 - Day Out with Thomas at Caledonian Railway's Bridge of Dun station

On Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August 2016 our Leyland National WBW735X - restored was back on duty providing the link service between Caledonian Railway's Bridge of Dun station and Montrose High Street for the second of their two special "Day Out with Thomas" weekends.

We ran six trips per day and carried nearly 150 passengers with the highlight once again being the "race" between Thomas and the bus from the station to a nearby bridge.

Bus waiting at the Bridge of Dun station ready to start the race:

The train manages to speed ahead of the bus (photo Kevin Wemyss):

Once again Thomas is passed the bridge before the bus arrives with the diesel engine following on:

A smug Thomas back in Brechin Station (photo Kevin Wemyss):

A video of the bus as seen from the train (video Kian Greene):

We all really enjoyed meeting so many Thomas fans young and not so young over the four days and hopefully we'll manage to do it all again next year. Who knows, maybe the bus will win just once!

22 August 2016

Event: 21 August 2016 - Tay Road Bridge 50th anniversary

The Tay Road Bridge, which links Dundee and Fife, was officially opened on 18 August 1966 marking the end of the Fifies (ferries) which operated across the River Tay.

To mark this event Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society was pleased to run two of our award-winning restored buses across the bridge a number of times and line them up at the Fife side of the bridge, a place where a number of buses from many Dundee operators have been photographed over the years.

Volvo Ailsa WTS272T - restored won the Roland Williams Best Bus trophy presented by the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in 2013 with Leyland National WBW735X - restored winning the same award two years later.

Both buses travelling from Dundee to Fife with the iconic Law in the background.

Buses parked up in the bridgehead car park in Fife.

Making our way from Fife to Dundee with appropriate destination displays on both buses.

Coming after a successful weekend at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum we were delighted to be able to take make our contribution towards the celebrations that marked this significant anniversary.

21 August 2016

Event: 20 & 21 August 2016 - Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Weekend

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016 restored buses from the Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society collection were on display at the 22nd annual Open Weekend hosted by The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond.

Leyland Atlantean HRS270V - restored was present on both days and undertook a number of runs including this one to Dunfermline.

Volvo Ailsa WTS272T - restored was also at Lathalmond for both days and is photographed in Dunfermline Bus Station.

On Sunday both buses were joined by Leyland National WBW735X - restored returning to Lathalmond for the first time since May 2015.


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