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One of my favourite Scottish Omnibuses (Eastern Scottish) photos shows in higher resolution an alternative lifestyle outside of the large urban areas. Only one month old, H561B, PFS561M, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R with Alexander AYS B53F body roars through Shotts in May 1974.

Only after writing that did I notice the funeral establishment suitable for Private Frazer as the nearest shop! The long straight street of the ex-mining village with stone houses, school and shops nevertheless remind me of traditional Scotland including many places away from tourist trails.

B as suffix to the fleet number referred to Bathgate allocation. The Scottish Bus Group specification of H561 can be seen in the chassis code from the initial 36ft Leopard range a decade earlier - synchromesh gearbox for engineering economy, years after most other operators had moved to semi-automatic. The bus made a very short move to Central SMT as T282 in November 1975, joining many similar there.

Photo taken by Alan Walker, Tuesday 14 May 1974, near Shotts Station, Lanarkshire

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