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Western SMT and Central SMT both date from June 1932.Alexander’s dates from 1914 although the familiar ‘W Alexander & Sons’ name was only introduced in 1924; prior to that, the company had been known as Alexander’s Motor Services.I started looking into the history of this operator but what a minefield Scottish Omnibuses Ltd was made up of three separate operators Eastern Scottish, Baxter’s Bus Service and Stark’s Motor Services. and Scottish Omnibuses is far to complicated for this posting more for an article if anybody is up to it. However, am I right in thinking that Duple only made lowbridge versions with these features? The Red and White group had a number of very nice examples of both lowbridge and highbridge design on Guy Arab III chassis though.I think the history of the Scottish Bus Group of Alexander, Highland Omnibuses, Mac Brayne, S. In addition to the "home fleet" four highbridge models were delivered to the Venture, Basingstoke fleet in 1950.Sadly, despite rumours to the contrary none survived to see further service or preservation as at the time of their withdrawal Gardner engines were worth a fortune and all seven of these are believed to have ended up powering junks in Hong Kong!The buses that they came from were all scrapped very quickly thereafter.This would of been a lovely shot apart from the glare on the front upper deck but then again it does not take anything away from the sleek lines of a Duple bodied bus.
The management in Edinburgh, however, not for the first time – or the last – out of touch with operations in the West of Scotland, seriously underestimated the loyalty of the people of Airdrie and Coatbridge towards their local operator; within a few months, after considerable disquiet and criticism in the local press, the management realised their error and Baxter’s blue livery and fleetnames started reappearing on Victoria depot’s buses. When David mentions "Lowland Omnibuses (all over the borders)" he may be mixing the formation of Lowland Scottish in 1985 with the purchase of Lowland Motorways of Shettleston on 13 January 1958.There were a large number of highbridge bodies built to this or a similar design, most notably the Red & White Guy Arab IIIs, but also the 60 bodies supplied to Edinburgh Corporation in 1952 (finished by Nudd Bros & Lockyer, part of the Duple group) on reconditioned ex London wartime Guy Arab II (5LW engines apart from one fitted with a 6LW).These had a partial full front body, but the remainder of the body was the same.The first two retained their liveries and identities into the 70s.Somewhat belatedly, may I add some clarification to one or two of David’s remarks?
Stark’s Motor Services of Dunbar was taken over on 1 January 1964.