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Central SMT TS3, CGM413, a Leyland Leopard L2 with Alexander DP41F bodywork dating from August 1961, waits at the Horsemarket stance between trips. Originally numbered T1-T6, this batch were re-designated TS ('S' for short) when the first 36-foot Leopards arrived in 1964.
Central SMT's infrequent service 190 between Lanark and Edinburgh via West Calder was the company's first OMO service. It was introduced in April 1966 to replace the through train service between the two points, the existing Eastern Scottish service being unsuitable for commuters. Two morning journeys operated up to Edinburgh and one returned in the evening; one journey operated in each direction on a Saturday. It was operated by Carluke depot and was Central's only service to reach the capital.
Apart from quiet runs on service 38 (Carluke to Biggar) to fill out the shifts, it was another two years before Central introduced any further OMO when a number of services from Bothwell Road depot in Hamilton were converted followed, in 1969, by a number of locals from Gavinburn depot.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, 1969, Horsemarket, Lanark
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