Our Buses and Operations - from Leylands to LPG

See how our buses have changed since they first hit the roads in 1919. Each month we’ll post four photos of our operations from years past. This edition was first published in September 2012.

1. The Leyland Atlantean

The stalwart of our double-decker bus fleet for many years. Its revolutionary design – with the engine at the back of the bus – let the driver take control of fare collection.

Between 1965 and 1982, we took delivery of almost 600 Atlanteans.  By 1981, every double-decker in our fleet was an Atlantean. Pictured is a 1972 Atlantean operating service 11 at Tollcross.

2. ECT Touring 

From the earliest days of ECT, coaching was a feature of our offer. We ran regular tours, including ‘The Sea, City and Hills’ tour, and even some overseas holidays.

Pictured is a 1969 Bedford VAM with Duple Viceroy bodywork on private hire. Note the sliding windows for passengers: this was long before the days of air conditioning.

Photo by John Allison

3. The Leyland Lynx

In 1991, LRT purchased a single batch of a dozen Leyland Lynx II buses. This model accelerated very swiftly – but was slower to stop. Its unusually raked driver’s windscreen was designed to reduce glare.

Our Lynx fleet could often be found on service 80, linking Polton Mill with Silverknowes. This Lynx bus is pictured turning near Cameron Toll.

Photo by John Allison

4. Experimenting with LPG

We recently trialled a MAN compressed natural gas powered single-decker on service 49 as part of our ongoing evaluation of environmentally friendly buses.

Back in 1999, the then LRT had also trialled a gas powered bus – although on that occasion it was liquid petroleum gas used to power a DAF SB220. The bus is pictured at the Marine depot, Portobello. 

Photo by Keith McGillivray

Photographs 1, 2 and 3 provided by John Allison.
Photograph 4 by Keith McGillivray.