Days Out And About 2018
Below are details and pictures of various days out that myself, friends and other museum members have had on GCS 50V, HSD 73V, B509 YAT and E187 HSF. This page of course will be updated over time! If anyone has any other pictures taken on any of these days out please let me know!

Saturday 24 March & Sunday 25 March 2018

This was the weekend when I decided to awaken my buses from their winter slumber. On Saturday 24 March I visited SVBM Lathalmond and checked both my Clydeside Scottish Leyland Fleetline HSD 73V and Orkney Coaches Bedford YNT B509 YAT. Both vehicles started first attempt and later on I took HSD 73V a short run to Saline. She performed great as always.

On Sunday 25 March I visited GVVT where my Eastern Scottish Volvo Citybus E187 HSF and Clydeside Scottish Leyland Leopard GCS 50V were residing for the winter. Again both started first time and later in the day GCS 50V was moved over the pit for a pre-mot inspection.

HSD 73V on her first trip out of 2018. 24 March 2018.
GCS 50V in the yard at GVVT before heading over the pit for her pre-mot inspection. 25 March 2018.

Sunday 08 April 2018

On Sunday 08 April 2018, Stagecoach West Scotland held an open day event at their Kilmarnock Depot to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Western SMT company. A number of vehicles made the trip to Kilmarnock from both GVVT and SVBM museums. I decided to take both my Clydeside Scottish Leyland Leopard GCS 50V and Leyland Fleetline HSD 73V. Although preserved in Clydeside Scottish livery, both vehicles were new to Western Scottish in 1980. This would not be the first time that GCS 50V attended an open day event at Kilmarnock Depot, as she attended an event 10 years ago not long after I purchased her for preservation. A great day was had and both vehicles performed faultlessly. HSD 73V was on static display and GCS 50V completed a number of free services between the depot and Symington village.
HSD 73V Departs SVBM Lathalmond Saturday 07 April 2018, bound for GVVT ahead of the open day event at Kilmarnock.
HSD 73V and GCS 50V get ready to depart from GVVT on Sunday 08 April 2018 heading to Stagecoach, Kilmarnock Depot open day.
 Information leaflet  from the open day event.
TSJ 64S and GCS 50V undertaking a free service to Symington Village from Kilmarnock Depot during the open day event on 08 April 2018
GCS 50V is pictured turning into MacKinlay Place, Kilmarnock on her way back to the Stagecoach Depot after operating a free service to Symington Village. Photograph Copyright Jack Lang.
HSD 73V captured in the afternoon sun at Kilmarnock depot 08 April 2018
GCS 50V, TSJ 64S and  CSF 160W , All three vehicles Alexander Y Type Leyland Leopards, pictured at Symington Village whilst operating a free service from Kilmarnock depot during the open day event.
GCS 50V is pictured with her owner at the wheel passing the impressive railway viaduct in Kilmarnock. Photograph Copyright William Brown.
GCS 50V and HSD 73V are pictured getting ready to depart from Kilmarnock Depot with other members of the GVVT collection at the end of the open day event. The event raised £2000 for the National Autistic Society.
GCS 50V and HSD 73V are pictured passing through Kilmarnock Bus Station on their way back to GVVT Museum following the open day event at the Stagecoach Depot Kilmarnock. Photograph Copyright Tom's Transport Photos.

GCS 50V and HSD 73V are pictured passing through Shawlands Cross, Glasgow on their way back to GVVT.

Sunday 08 April 2018. Photograph Copyright Wullie Maffy

Sunday 20 May 2018

Sunday 20 May 2018 was the date of the annual SVBM Lathalmond spring running day. My Clydeside Scottish Leyland Leopard GCS 50V was back on the road this year after taking a break for a year. It really was great to get back behind the wheel again. My Eastern Scottish Volvo Citybus E187 HSF was also out in service during the event. The weather was fantastic this year and event was busy all day. GCS 50V completed a free service to Saline and E187 HSF completed a run to Dunfermline and back. Fantastic day and always a highlight of the year.

GCS 50V pictured after arrival at SVBM Lathalmond on Sunday 20 May 2018.
E187 HSF and GCS 50V pictured at SVBM Lathalmond 20 May 2018
H188 OSG. A fellow Edinburgh vehicle that would have operated often along side E187 HSF on the streets of Edinburgh.

Two Green and Cream buses that operated in very different parts of the world. GSU 378 pictured on the left operated in a land down under.

As well as the May open day event, a two day open weekend is held in August each year at SVBM Lathalmond.
GCS 50V is pictured with her owner at Saline whilst operating a free service during the open day event. Sunday 20 May 2018.

Both vehicles are Leopards, the vehicle on the left a Plaxton Leopard coach from 2017, whilst on the right is GCS 50V a Leyland Leopard from 1980.

E187 HSF is pictured at Dunfermline bus station whilst operating a free service between SVBM Lathalmond and Dunfermline. Sunday 20 May 2018.
Each year a vehicle receives an award for the best visiting vehicle. For 2018, the award went to Mr Gray for his excellent Volvo B10 Alexander PS N94 OGG restored into KCB livery.
A fellow Ex Western Scottish vehicle DSD 936V, is pictured at SVBM Lathalmond on Sunday 20 May 2018.
GCS 50V is pictured in Livingston collecting Alan and Cassie on the way back to GVVT museum in Glasgow. Sunday 20 May 2018.

Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August 2018

How quickly this year has flown past. It just seems a few weeks ago it was the May 2018 event at Lathalmond. Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August was the weekend of the 2018 SVBM open weekend event. Although the UK had experienced a fantastic summer so far with lots of warm sunny weather, Unfortunately this weekend was not one of them.

I had two vehicles in use over the weekend. GCS 50V travelled up from GVVT on the Saturday morning and completed a few internal services on the Sunday afternoon. E187 HSF completed two runs to Dunfermline on the Saturday afternoon. B509 YAT was still lurking at the back of Shed 4, I will get around to getting her back on the road!

On the Saturday evening the social event took place, a great opportunity to catch up with friends and enjoy a good few drinks. All in all a great weekend as always, even though it was a little damp at times.

My latest book to be published "Restoring a Bus" which details the history and restoration of each of my vehicles was on sales and I was asked to do some book signing on the Sunday afternoon. A selection of my photographs from the weekend are below.

GCS 50V gets ready to depart GVVT with fellow Clydeside vehicle HSD 73V in the background.
G545 RDS and A735 PSU get ready to depart GVVT for SVBM Saturday 18th August 2018
E187 HSF returns from a free service to Dunfermline. A fellow museum resident, St Helens RT can be seen behind. Saturday 18th August 2018.

GCS 50V is pictured above operating a number of internal services around the site on the Sunday afternoon.

B509 YAT is pictured inside the main shed awaiting attention to her leaking clutch.

Book signing on the Sunday afternoon for my new book "Restoring a Bus" published by Amberley. This book gives the history of each of my preserved vehicles along with details of the restoration work carried out.
Fully stocked bar, ready for customers on the Saturday evening at the open weekend social event. Saturday 18th August 2018.
E187 HSF is pictured back at GVVT at the end of the 2018 SVBM open weekend. She is pictured next to fellow Volvo Citybus G545 RDS.


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