Friday, 3 July 2020

‘Scene’ at the ‘Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’ at Lathalmond. The Alexander ‘Y’ type Coach 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

In the early 1960’s the Walter Alexander Coachworks located in Falkirk were one of many companies in the UK supplying bus and coach bodies.

 

Much of their production stayed in Scotland but they had started to break into the market elsewhere in the UK.

 

However it was the coming of the 36ft coach chassis and the ‘Y’ type body that they built on it that boosted them into being a national supplier.

 

Many English operators bought this very stylish body with the panoramic, slightly raked forward windows.

 

Trent, North Western, Premier Travel of Cambridge and Sheffield Transport are just a handful of operators who bought them.

 

OSJ 629R ‘Western SMT’ No. 2629. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Wearing ‘Western SMT’s coaching livery.


OSJ 629R ‘Western SMT’ No. 2629. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

GRS 343E ‘Alexander (Northern) No. 652 ’BLUEBIRD’ Albion Viking /  Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


GRS 343E ‘Alexander (Northern) No. 652 ’BLUEBIRD’ Albion Viking /  Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

EWS 168D Eastern Scottish No. XA168A. Bristol RELH6G / Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


EWS 168D Eastern Scottish No. XA168A. Bristol RELH6G / Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

CAS 519W ‘Highland Scottish’ No. L25. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


CAS 519W ‘Highland Scottish’ No. L25. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

LMS 374W ‘Alexander Midland’ No. MPE374.  Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


LMS 374W ‘Alexander Midland’ No. MPE374.  Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

UPT 517 ‘Venture Transport’ Consett, Co. Durham No. 317. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


UPT 517 ‘Venture Transport’ Consett, Co. Durham No. 317. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

‘Scene’ at Manchester International Airport (MAN) once more 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

For ‘Scene’ at Manchester International Airport (MAN) once more part 1, see blog posted on 09/06/2020.


This batch of images were taken airside from the Departure Lounge whilst we waiting for a  flight to Munich for a short holiday.

 

Readers seeking further details on particular aircraft are recommended to Google the aircraft type and the c/n. ie. 

 

G-MLJL  Airbus A330-243 c/n 254.


 

G-MLJL ‘Thomas Cook Airlines.’Airbus A330-243 c/n 254

 

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

Little did I realise that the airline would go out of business three days later.


G-MLJL ‘Thomas Cook Airlines.’Airbus A330-243 c/n 254 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 


LN-RGK ‘Scandinavian Airlines’. Boeing 737-683 c/n 28313

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

For as long as I can remember, ‘Scandinavian’s fleet has been registered in either Denmark (OY), Norway (LN) or Sweden (SE). 

 

The ‘SAS’ on the fin relates back to the days when the full name of the airline was ‘Scandinavian Airlines System’.


LN-RGK ‘Scandinavian Airlines’. Boeing 737-683 c/n 28313 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 


CS-TVD ‘TAP Air Portugal’ Airbus A320-251N c/n 8907

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


CS-TVD ‘TAP Air Portugal’ Airbus A320-251N c/n 8907 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

A6-BLI ‘Etihad Airways’. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner c/n 39655

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


A6-BLI ‘Etihad Airways’. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner c/n 39655 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

TC-JTA ‘Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A321-231 c/n 6781

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


TC-JTA ‘Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A321-231 c/n 6781 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’









Friday, 26 June 2020

‘Scene’ at the ‘Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’ at Lathalmond on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New in 1929 to ‘Hants & Dorset’ as No. 268.


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /4

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /5 Drivers cab

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /5 Drivers cab on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /6 looking towards the rear

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /6 looking towards the rear on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /7 Looking towards the front

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


RU 8678 ‘Edinburgh Corporation Transport’ No.1. Leyland PLSC3 Lion / Leyland /7 Looking towards the front on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

’‘Scene’ at the ‘Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’ at Lathalmond. A Rhapsody in Blue (and cream) 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 


For part one of  ‘A Rhapsody in Blue (and cream)’. See blog posted 19/06/2020.




WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. F55. Albion Valkyrie PW65 / Alexander /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New in 1932.


WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. F55. Albion Valkyrie PW65 / Alexander /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. F55. Albion Valkyrie PW65 / Alexander /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. F55. Albion Valkyrie PW65 / Alexander /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

CMS 200 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. PA181. Leyland PS1 / Alexander /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New in 1949.


CMS 200 WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. PA181. Leyland PS1 / Alexander /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

CMS 200 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. PA181. Leyland PS1 / Alexander /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


CMS 200 WG 1448 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. PA181. Leyland PS1 / Alexander /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

SO 3740 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. P63. Leyland Tiger TS2/ Alexander

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

New in 1934.


SO 3740 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. P63. Leyland Tiger TS2/ Alexander on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


 

 


Friday, 19 June 2020

’‘Scene’ at the ‘Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’ at Lathalmond. A Rhapsody in Blue (and cream) 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Last year, friend Peter Rose and I made the trip over the border to visit the ‘Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’ which is at Lathalmond in Fife.

 

Located close to the historic town of Dunfermline it is housed in a very large complex that at one time was home to a Royal Navy storage depot.

 

There are many buildings that survive from that time some of which are used to house the museums collections.

 

The surviving roadways are put to good use on open days by allowing  a comprehensive bus service to enable visitors to get around the site.


 

My very first visit to Scotland was in 1965 where I stayed in Falkirk. At that time the company of ‘Walter Alexander and Sons Ltd’ were major players on the bus scene.

 

I was much impressed by the ‘Midland’ branch of the organisation who’s buses were painted in a lovely shade of blue with a cream contrast.

 

Time moved on and ‘Alexander Midland’ became ‘Midland Scottish’ but the colours stayed the same.

 

It impressed me then and it still does.


 

New in 1960 registered WLT 560 to ‘London Transport’ as RM560.


 

EDS 50A ‘W. Alexander and Sons (Midland) Ltd’ No. MRC23. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

EDS 50A ‘W. Alexander and Sons (Midland) Ltd’ No. MRC23. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

WFS 145W ‘Midland Scottish’ No. PE453. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ type

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


WFS 145W ‘Midland Scottish’ No. PE453. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ‘Y’ type on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 


GLS 265S ‘Midland Scottish’ No. MPE 265. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ’T’ type

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


GLS 265S ‘Midland Scottish’ No. MPE 265. Leyland Leopard / Alexander ’T’ type on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

New in 1948 and built in my hometown, the City of Sheffield. 

 

Who says that Cravens bodies don’t last !!!!


AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 



AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /3

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /4

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


AWG 393 ‘W. Alexander and Sons Ltd’ No. R0607. Guy Arab 3 / Craven /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’




Tuesday, 16 June 2020

‘Scene’ in Stamford, Other operators 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Stamford in Lincolnshire is a beautiful town. The golden stone of many of its elegant buildings gives it an almost Cotswold-ish feel.

 

The bus station is well situated in the town centre being almost circular which gives the photographer a variety of vantage points depending on where the sun is.


 

YT16 UPV ‘Mainline’, Gilfach Goch, South Wales. Irizar i6 / Irizar 

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


 

YT16 UPV ‘Mainline’, Gilfach Goch, South Wales. Irizar i6 / Irizar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

GL12 LON ‘Robinson’s, Burbage, Leicestershire. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / UNVI /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ‘Guideline’, Battersea.


GL12 LON ‘Robinson’s, Burbage, Leicestershire. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / UNVI /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

GL12 LON ‘Robinson’s, Burbage, Leicestershire. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / UNVI /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


GL12 LON ‘Robinson’s, Burbage, Leicestershire. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / UNVI /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SK18 YSE ‘Rabbies’. Mercedes-Benz 516 CDi / EVM 

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

‘Rabbies’ Trail Burners as they are known. 

 

This Edinburgh based company provides specialised off the beaten track mini coach holidays.


SK18 YSE ‘Rabbies’. Mercedes-Benz 516 CDi / EVM  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 12 June 2020

‘Scene’ in Edinburgh 2. ‘Stagecoach’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

Because we are so familiar with them in England It is easy to think of ‘Stagecoach’ as being yet another English bus company.

 

However the company’s roots are very much Scottish being founded by brother and sister Brian Souter (now Sir Brian) and Ann Gloag and to this day the company’s headquarters are in Perth.

 

All the images in this blog were taken adjacent to Edinburgh Bus Station.

 

YX18 LHR ‘Stagecoach Fife’ No. 54506 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

The Plaxton Panther LE is basically a low floor bus front end married to the rear of a coach.

 

I photographed one of the prototypes at the 2018 Bus & Coach show at the NEC. (see blog posted 03/11/2018).


YX18 LHR ‘Stagecoach Fife’ No. 54506 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

YX18 LHR ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54506 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


YX18 LHR ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54506 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

SP62 BMV ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54110 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk



SP62 BMV ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54110 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

SP62 BMV ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54110 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


SP62 BMV ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54110 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

SP61 CXA  ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54105 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


SP61 CXA  ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 54105 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B13RT / Plaxton Elite on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

YY65 SXU  ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 53812 ‘Stagecoach express’. Volvo B8R / Plaxton Elite

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk


YY65 SXU  ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 53812 ‘Stagecoach express’. Volvo B8R / Plaxton Elite on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

BF63 ZRN ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 53731 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B9R / Caetano Levante

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ’Stagecoach Yorkshire’ liveried for ‘national express’.


BF63 ZRN ‘Stagecoach East Scotland’ No. 53731 ‘express city connect’. Volvo B9R / Caetano Levante on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’