Photo © Alan R Hall. Please do not re-post without permission.
In 1968 Eastern Scottish took delivery of their first 25 Bristol VRTs; 18 of these were allocated to Baillieston, the remaining 7 going to Dalkeith. Never popular North of the Border, the VRTs lasted barely five years before being exchanged for FLFs from NBC companies. AA288C, LFS288F, was a VRTLL6G with an ECW H47/36F body which arrived in December 1968.
It was one of only five of the eighteen Baillieston buses to remain there until transferred South in January 1973; of the remainder eleven moved on to New Street and two went to Airdrie.
Thereafter it led a peripatetic existence going first to United Counties, who didn't operate it as their exchange FLF was found to have a Bristol engine which wasn't wanted in Scotland. Subsequently AA288 went to Southdown, Alder Valley (who converted it to open-top in 1983) and to North Yorkshire where it operated in both Scarborough and Whitby before being acquired by Yorvik Tourbus of York. It is now at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond, still in open-top format but restored to Eastern Scottish livery.
When the tenements on the corner of Parliamentary Road and Killermont Street were demolished in the 1960s, the area became a parking ground for SBG buses as well as, for a time, a terminal stance. AA288C is seen parked on this area which is now part of the enormous Buchanan Bus Station.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, 1969, Killermont Street, Glasgow
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