Today was the annual spring running day at SVBM Lathalmond. The weather was great and although fewer vehicles attended this year, visitor numbers were good and an excellent day was had. HSD 73V was already at Lathalmond along with my Orkney Coaches Bedford, so we travelled through with E187 HSF, my Eastern Scottish Volvo Citybus. Both E187 HSF and HSD 73V took part in the event.HSD 73V Taking part in the SVBM Running Day 20 May 2012. B509 YAT at SVBM Lathalmond 20 May 2012.
E187 HSF taking part in the SVBM Running Day 20 May 2012.HSD 73V ready to take part in the Running Day SVBM 20 May 2012.
It can sometimes be rather useful owning a double deck bus, when you have a lot of items to move! Today I had arranged to collect a spare Leyland 680 engine and Leyland gearbox for GCS 50V, some windows, windscreens and other Y Type items. Whilst there was no way the engine and gearbox would fit inside the bus, the rest of the items fitted well and after loading up at Beith we set off back to GVVT. We stopped for a photo at Ibrox, the owners of the building in the background of the photo, never far from the news in 2012!
HSD 73V Passing Ibrox Sunday 24th June 2012
Vehicles from the GVVT collection were on display at Glasgow's George Square on Wednesday 4th July 2012 as part of the the Queens Jubilee Tour. My Fleetline HSD 73V was one of the vehicles there. The Queen and Prince Philip attended at lunch time for a short public walk about, then headed to the City Chambers for lunch. GVVT Vehicle Line Up At George Square
A Clown looking rather lost!
Music Stage at George Square
Waiting for the Queen to arrive.
Queen visits George Square, Glasgow. Wed 4th July 2012.
HSD 73V at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour. Wed 4th July 2012.
This was the weekend of the annual SVBM 2 day open day event held at Lathalmond. Since my friend James was able to attend and also drive my Fleetline, I was able to have all 4 of my buses there for the full weekend. The weather was not bad, we camped over on the Saturday night with a BBQ and a few drinks catching up with friends. A great weekend was had by all, but this will be remembered as the year my Fleetline got stuck in the mud and needed the help from not one but two tow trucks!
GCS 50V & HSD 73V ready to head from home at GVVT to Lathalmond. August 2012.
And HSD 73V & GCS 50V safely arrived at Lathalmond. August 2012.
B509 YAT My Orkney Coaches Bedford YNT on show at Lathalmond. August 2012.
E187 HSF on a free service to Dunfermline. August 2012.
Fantastic picture of HSD 73V and Western Scottish National 2 SHH 389X. Copyright Stuart MacRae August 2012.
Another great picture by Stuart of GCS 50V. Copyright Stuart Macrae August 2012.
Oh dear this is going to be fun getting HSD 73V out the mud! August 2012.
First tow truck tries to get HSD 73V moving again. August 2012.
Ok lets give it another go with this one! August 2012.
HSD 73V on the move again! August 2012.
Sorry about the grass! Mr Gray inspects the damage. August 2012.