This took place in 2002 - but in the absence of a digital camera it takes me some time to upload my pics ! I invite those visiting these pages to submit descriptions of the vehicle types pictured, as I'm not expert. Please email me at webmaster@ worcesterbus.co.uk (miss out the gap !)
(no, not a pun) to Glasgow by train, then a trek across the city centre
to the new Buchanan Street bus station, where First Glasgow D679MHS is
seen, still in the old livery, leaving the Bus Station. Not many
local bus services actually use the station, however.
one of the better established independent operators from the old Central
SMT area, also operates out of Buchanan Street, and here is B297WUL pulling
into the station.
stage was on by Citylink to Fort William for an overnight stop. Highland
operate mainly single-deckers in the area, but we did see this Olympian.
I have earlier memories of MacBrayne buses in Fort William.
Then off by
Citylink coach and ferry to an operating environment quite unlike that
anywhere, I suggest, in England. Here, on the island of North Uist
near the terminal of the ferry to Harris, is a Renault minibus of Grenitote
Travel. A number of small operators together operate a pretty good
level of service throughout the Outer Hebrides, presumably all subsidised
by the Western Isles Council. And the standard of service for passengers
is unprecedented in my experience. Schoolchildren (well behaved,
there's the first miracle) are dropped at their front gates, in Lochboisdale
the service minibus on which we were travelling diverted from the route,
up a track and into the back yard of the B & B where we were staying
I have cropped
most of my pictures to show just the bus, but in this case the vehicle
is not extraordinary whilst the scenery is. Harris Coaches operate
a service along most of the length of Harris and Lewis from Stornoway in
the north to the Uist ferry in the south. Note the width of the road
- but the traffic does not cause any problems, although the service is
quite tightly timed.
Then back to
the mainland, where Oban and District Dart T190AUA stands outside the Caledonian
Hotel on a local service. On the way we visited Barra, where unfortunately
the camera never recorded the local minibuses or post-buses, but the bus
timetable changes according to the tides. Not, as you might think,
because of ferry connections but because of connections at the airport
which is the beach. We walked across the main runway on a visit to
the north end of the island.