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Thursday 2 June 2011

The Lothian Bus Consortium owns a collection of former Edinburgh Corporation and LRT/Lothian Buses vehicles.  For our June trip, we were offered the chance to ride on one of their buses, the chosen vehicle being GSC 667X, the second Leyland Olympian delivered to Lothian Region Transport in 1982, as Bus 667.  Due to the historic significance of this bus, we were offered the chance at the same time to hire Lothian Buses’ 285 (P285 PSX), the company’s last Olympian, currently part of the Majestic Tours fleet and retaining Lothian Buses’ madder and white livery.  The two buses allowed interesting comparisons to be made between the ‘first and last’.  The two buses were driven around Edinburgh for our trip, with the usual opportunities for photo stops and the chance to change buses to travel on.  We thank the LBC and Lothian Buses for the use of their buses and their drivers.

Lothian Buses Volvo Olympian 285 (P285 PSX) with Alexander Royal bodywork sits alongside LBC’s 667 (GSC 667X), one of the original Leyland Olympians with the first style of Alexander R-type bodies built, at the new Seafield terminus in Edinburgh.   Photo by Donald Stirling.

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