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27 March 2017

Vehicle updates: WTS272T, WTS276T, WBW735X and M953XES

We may have lost an hour with the clocks 'springing' forward but there's still plenty of work taking place on five vehicles at the moment.

Volvo Ailsa WTS272T - the paintwork is being spruced up by Brian Robertson in preparation for the start of the 2017 rally season. The oil sump is being changed and some outstanding interior work completed.

Volvo Ailsa WTS276T - restoration work continues with a view to the bus receiving a full repaint soon. We have also raided our two crates of Ailsa spares to help find some parts that are no longer available.

Leyland National WBW735X - with a number of mechanical issues tackled the interior got some attention with the seat frames and legs being painted and the floor prepared for a repaint as well. The front step is also part-way through being refurbished.

Leyland Olympian M953XES - now safely undercover and adopted by two of our members the interior of the bus was given a thorough clean and the destination display equipment tested. We'll either need to go on a long journey or reprogram it at some stage! Thanks as well to George for helping with some mechanical issues.

Oh and if you are counting we're not allowed to say what the fifth vehicle is at present...

14 March 2017

Vehicle updates: OAG535H and M953XES

Monday 13 March saw stalled restoration project 1969 Leyland Leopard OAG535H (new to Western SMT) leave our premises and transferred to Bathgate where restoration will get underway once again. A number of people have carried out work on this (now) tow wagon over the years but sadly never to a final conclusion and so we are delighted that this project should be seen back on the road in the not to distant future.

As a result this freed up a space indoors and 1995 Leyland Olympian M953XES (new to Strathtay Scottish) was moved inside for some outstanding work to be completed.

7 March 2017

Gallery of Trucking Images

We have recently been sent a link to a collection of images of various types of vintage trucks and lorries across the 20th century, with some of them dating back to around the turn of the 20th century. There are all kinds of makes and models included and even a compilation of buses and farm vehicles can also be found within.

It’s definitely been a labour of love to assemble and the collection can be found by clicking here.

There are links to many more photograph collections and other useful resources on our Links page and if you know of further useful additions please get in touch with us through our Contact page.

7 February 2017

The Taybus Vehicle Collection

When Taybus was formed in 1995 to look after Dundee Corporation's Daimler CVG6 ETS964 the founding members had the foresight to trace where significant local vehicles were still being used or stored before approaching the owners to see if they could be acquired for future preservation.

By Taybus owning these vehicles it meant they wouldn't be lost to the local area as our members are free to remove their buses or offer them for sale.

The first bus acquired for preservation was Tayside Regions Bristol VRT OSR204R and now the list has grown to some nine vehicles:

- Dundee Corporation Daimler CVG6 ETS964 (donated by Xplore Dundee)
- Dundee Corporation Daimler Fleetline GSL908N
- Tayside Region Bristol VRT OSR204R
- Tayside Region Volvo Ailsa WTS272T
- Tayside Region Leyland Leopard GSL306W
- Tayside Region Volvo Ailsa HSR46X
- Northern Scottish Leyland Leopard GSO86V
- Strathtay Scottish Leyland Olympian M953XES (donated by Stagecoach Fife)
Reliance-Mercury tug Q693GCM

In addition there are currently another 17 vehicles in our collection which are owned by our members and stored at various sites across Scotland and England.

We have been made aware of a local transport museum's website which features some of our copyrighted photographs of our vehicles. To be clear we have absolutely no links to this organisation and none of our vehicles have been loaned to them for display either at their premises or their events since 2014.

31 December 2016

Caledonian Railway events for 2017

Our good friends at Brechin's Caledonian Railway have announced many of their events for 2017.

Included are six Day Out with Thomas events on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July and Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August. In addition a special Father's Day event is also planned for Sunday 18 June.

Here's a video of one of our buses (Leyland National WBW735X - restored) chasing Thomas from 2016.


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