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The daily Glasgow-Newcastle 515 joint service between Eastern Scottish Baillieston depot (code C) and United's Whitley Bay depot was extended to the latter in summer but the off-season workings and vehicles were interesting for more local passengers. Here rare Albion Viking YK8C, DFS8C, carrying Alexander Y type C34F new in September 1965 as K8 departs on its single English roster of that marque known to me.
It's on a duplicate off-season Whitley Bay Bus Station to Newcastle 408 service just after 08:00 prior to heading with the same United crew from Newcastle Haymarket to Galashiels changeover, discussed elsewhere on group.
I didn't sacrifice a journey in the cause of photographic art, having sampled this on the same route the previous evening with bus pass - one regular conductor was happy to see me, and the other whom I'd helped for three years with manual coach doors claimed I was "travelling short". This autumn certainly saw the best Eastern Scottish coaches on alternate days of my four years of notes, with two 1966 London coaches of the XA series on offer and number one touring coach YB1A, WSF201, all borrowed from Edinburgh New Street. The morning duplication to which I'd been devoted had originally been from Seaton Sluice on the 408 but had been cut back to the location shown by the photo date.
YK8 was sold to Highland Omnibuses as AV14 by 3/72 but quickly became AV11 in May to place the batch in order. A precise in date has escaped the fleet history. AV11 was converted to OMO/OPO as B44F six months later using seats from a Guy. AV10-15 were withdrawn in 1980 and sold en bloc to a Turriff dealer in 1981, our example being the only one not reused by contractors.
The colour is different from most of my normal slides, being from a brief economy era of Boots film in between my favourite Kodachrome and Agfa which served for many years.
Photo taken by Alan Walker, Wednesday 7 October 1970, Whitley Bay Bus Station
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