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N 2 B 1.9K C 0 E May 19, 2019 F Jun 21, 2019
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Edinburgh was a long-time user of Bedford coaches for city tours and private hire work. Whilst perhaps more familiar in the black and white coach livery, a number of Bedford OBs did carry the madder and white bus livery at some point in their career. EFE made a very nice model of one and this digital representation is based on that model, using an image of the preserved Stark’s of Dunbar OB as a base. On a point of correctness, Edinburgh’s OBs may have been bodied by SMT to the Duple Vista design (21-Jun-19).

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Tags:   Bedford OB Duple Vista Edinburgh Corporation GWS 468

N 7 B 3.7K C 1 E Aug 17, 2007 F Jul 19, 2011
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I'm not entirely happy with this but decided to post it anyway. It's well known that A1 Service member Andrew Hunter wanted a front-engined Dennis Jubilant but couldn't find a coachbuilder willing to construct a 'one-off' body to UK specifications. He ultimately bought an East Lancs-bodied Dennis Dominator and I'd have preferred to have used that as a starting point if I had a suitable base image.

Instead I've re-hashed my Kowloon Motor Bus version (more details in Worldwide Buses set) - not inappropriate as many independents 'piggybacked' on the back of orders from major operators. Despite the 'dumpy' appearance the overall dimensions are the same as a full-height Olympian, but the lower deck windows are shallower and slightly higher set. Both axles have also been moved forward. Like the KMB version, the cab door is from a Routemaster and the grille is from a Dennis D-Series fire appliance.

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Tags:   A1 Service Dennis Jubilant ECW

N 8 B 4.4K C 2 E Mar 6, 2021 F Mar 6, 2021
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This style of Alexander bodywork was unique to Ribble Motor Services, which had taken full-fronted Burlingham and MCW bodies on Leyland PD3s. It only served to emphasis Alexander's difficulty in dealing with the Lowlander's awkward combination of low chassis height and a PD3-derived front-end better suited to full-height buses. All three of Alexander's bus operating subsidiaries took Lowlanders - some only briefly - but sensibly opted for traditional half-cab bodies. Alexander Midland's blue and cream buses served the heavily populated areas of central Scotland, reaching Glasgow to the west and Edinburgh to the east. The company became part of the Scottish Transport Group in 1985, being renamed Midland Scottish and loosing part of its operations to the newly formed Kelvin and Strathtay Scottish companies. Thanks to David Little for the base image (07-May-10).

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Tags:   Albion Lowlander Alexander Midland Alexander C-Type

N 12 B 4.9K C 0 E Apr 5, 2015 F Apr 20, 2015
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This may not be too popular with those who know and love this preserved MacBraynes AEC Reliance. But this is how it would probably have appeared after the take-over of MacBraynes and its absorption into the Scottish bus Group's Highland Omnibuses subsidiary. The comfortable semi-coach seating, coach door and cant rail windows were unusual on a body of this style and possibly unique to MacBraynes. The coach door may have proved awkward in later life when downgraded to more menial duties. The base image was taken at Kirby Stephen West station yard during this year's Kirby Stephen & Brough Classic Vehicle Rally (24-Apr-15).

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Tags:   Highland Scottish Omnibuses SBG AEC Reliance Willowbrook LUS 524E

N 14 B 5.2K C 1 E Aug 29, 2011 F Jul 14, 2012
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MacBraynes continues to create much interest 40 years after its takeover by the Scottish Bus group. A recurring question is what vehicles would it have purchased had it remained an independent company? It's a fair bet that it would have continued to buy Plaxton and Duple coach bodies, the latter for as long as they remained available; but the choice of chassis is less clear. This all-British Duple 340-bodied Leyland Tiger may well have marked the end of an era (14-Jul-12).

See also Leyland Leopard with Alexander T-type body in MacBraynes livery:
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Tags:   Leyland Tiger Duple 340 Mac Braynes


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