Sunday 21st May 2017
Sunday 21st May was the 2017 spring running day at SVBM Lathalmond. The weather was a bit showery in the morning but brightened up and stayed dry for most of the afternoon. The spring SVBM running day in May always signals the start of the rally season and is usually the first time my buses awake from their winter storage. This year it was the turn of HSD 73V my Clydeside Scottish Leyland Fleetline to take part in the event. She had been off the road for a few years now and after a last push to get her ready in time, She passed her MOT a few days before the event. Both HSD 73V and my Volvo Citybus E187 HSF took part in the event offering free trips to Dunfermline and back. My Orkney Coaches Bedford YNT B509 YAT was also on display. Also at this years event my first book "Scottish Buses during deregulation" was on sale. It sold out before the day was over and the comments received were all very positive.
HSD 73V getting ready to depart for SVBM Lathalmond 2017 running day.
My first book "Scottish Buses during deregulation" went on sale at the 2017 SVBM May running day event and would go on to sell out before the end of the day!
Newly preserved Highland Scottish Alexander RL Bodied Leyland Olympian looked very smart in Highland Scottish livery.
HSD 73V is pictured outside the Riverside Museum with other members of the GVVT collection on Sunday 25th June 2017. Photographs copyright John Kennedy.
On Saturday 15 July 2017, Many vehicles from the GVVT collection took part in the "Great Big Heritage Bus Tour - Glasgow Museum Bus Tour" The idea was to run a network of services starting and finishing at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow which linked up many of Glasgow's museums. Three main services were operated all on a frequent 20 Min timetable. There was also an hourly service out to the Glasgow Museum Resource centre at Nitshill. HSD 73V took part completing a service on each of the main services. A rather wet day but still very enjoyable. Passenger numbers were good with HSD 73V attracting 212 passengers throughout the day.
Three main services were operated throughout the day all on a frequent 20 Min timetable. There was also an hourly service out to the Glasgow Museum Resource centre at Nitshill. HSD 73V took part completing a service on each of the main routes.
Hard at work with M73. Pictured calling at George Square, Glasgow. Photo Copyright David James.