Photo © Alan R Hall. Please do not re-post without permission.
On a murky day, filthy Central SMT BE218, CGM718C, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW H38/30F bodywork dating from March 1965, stands in the bleak Horsemarket Stance in Lanark. Its blind appears to show 242 but this should read 240; the 242 which, at around 2 hours 45 minutes each way was one of Central's longest services, would have continued to Peebles whereas BE218 will return via Wishaw and Motherwell to Glasgow's Waterloo Street Bus Station.
Central owned this land and provided a staff room and a stance inspector who also collected the fees from motorists using the public car park which occupied part of the area. Other facilities included diesel pumps, mainly for refuelling buses from Muirkirk (Smallburn) sub-depot. Muirkirk garage, an anonymous shed beside a pit heap, was only 9 miles from Western SMT's Cumnock garage but 28 miles from its parent garage at Carluke! One of its main routes was the meandering service 39 between Strathaven and West Calder (Polbeth); shared with Carluke, it was Central's longest service at 2 hours 54 minutes each way. In my experience, however, buses on the lengthy services 242/3 (Glasgow-Peebles) generally called in to Carluke depot during the day in order to refuel.
These days Lanark has a purpose-built bus station nearby and much of this area is occupied by a supermarket.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, 1969, Horsemarket, Lanark
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