SCT '61 Photo Index
Central SMT
Fleet List

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1. VD3433
This Leyland Lion LT5A, VD3433, was new to Central SMT in 1934, one of 110 ordered by them and Lanarkshire Traction. Originally fitted with a Leyland bodywork. It was withdrawn in 1945 and sold to Alexander who fitted this semi-utility Alexander body and a diesel engine. It operated on Perth city services in this red livery.
Photo taken 1997, Dunbar
2. BVD927
Northern Counties L27/26R bodied Leyland PD1, BVD927, had been new as Central S.M.T. L238 in 1947 but was, when photographed, HH12 in the Scottish Omnibuses fleet having been acquired in 1961. It was sold in December 1965.
Photo taken Tuesday 27 July 1965, Bathgate
3. BVD933
Rear view of Scottish Omnibuses HH18, BVD933, a Leyland L27/26R bodied Leyland PD1 had been new as Central S.M.T. L244 in 1947. It was acquired in 1961 and was sold in February 1966.
Photo taken Tuesday 27 July 1965, Bathgate
4. DVD244
Central S.M.T. L386, DVD244, was a Leyland PD2/1 with a Leyland L27/26R body which was new in 1948.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Edinburgh Road, Hamilton
5. DVD277
Central S.M.T. L419, DVD277, seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton, was a Leyland PD2/1 with a Leyland L27/26R body, one of one hundred new in 1948.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
6. DVD283
One of one hundred new in 1948, Central S.M.T. L425, DVD283,was a Leyland PD2/1 with a Leyland L27/26R body which was seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
7. DVD708
Guy B33R bodywork was carried by Central S.M.T. K8, DVD708, a Guy Arab III new in 1948.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Quarry Street, Hamilton
8. CVD513
Central S.M.T. L313, CVD513, was a Leyland PD1A new in 1949 with an Alexander L27/26R body and was withdrawn in 1964 and sold for scrap.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Edinburgh Road, Hamilton
9. EVA675
Central S.M.T. T153, EVA675, seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton, was a Leyland PS1 with an Alexander C34R body, one of fourteen delivered in 1949 although the chassis were built in 1946/7.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
10. CVD494
Central S.M.T. L294, CVD494, new in 1950, was a Leyland PD1A with a Northern Counties L27/26R body, one of nine delivered that year from a batch of twenty delivered between 1948 and 1950. It is seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
11. CVD495
Central S.M.T. L295, CVD495, was a Leyland PD1A with a Northern Counties L27/26R body, one of nine new in 1950, seen in Airdrie.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Airdrie
12. EVA324
EVA324, a Guy Arab III 5LW with Guy B33R body, new to Central SMT (fleet number K24) in 1950, withdrawn 1962 and sold to a Dundee fruit farmer. In preservation since 1978, acquired by present owners in 2010 and moved to Northern Ireland.
Photo taken Saturday 28 April 2012, Cultra
13. EVA324
Central Scottish K24, EVA324, a Guy Arab III built in 1950 with Guy B33R bodywork.
Photo taken June 1990, High Street, Stockton
14. FVD645
Central S.M.T. L445, FVD645, a Leyland PD1A with Leyland L27/26R body new in 1951 is seen in Motherwell
Photo taken Saturday 31 July 1965, Brandon Street, Motherwell
15. FVD665
Central S.M.T. L465, FVD665, a Leyland PD1A with a Leyland L27/26R body was one of thirteen new in 1952 following twelve delivered the previous year and was seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
16. GVD26
Central S.M.T. K26, GVD26, was a Guy Arab III with a Guy B37R body new in 1952 which was withdrawn in 1963 and sold for scrap.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Quarry St, Hamilton
17. GM6384
Recently pictured in a perilous condition, Central SMT L484, GM6384, now resides at the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust premises at the ex-GCT Garage at Bridgeton.
Photo taken Wednesday 16 October 2013, Broad Street, Glasgow
18. GM6384
An unidentified Leyland-bodied PD2 languishing in the yard of Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire as the grass and weeds close in.
Photo taken Friday 22 August 1986, Doune Motors, Doune, Stirlingshire
19. GM7007
Central S.M.T. B7, GM7007, was a Bristol LD6G with an Eastern Coachworks H33/27R body new in 1955 and was seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
20. MVA100
Acquired with the Laurie business in October 1961, Central S.M.T. L206, MVA100, was a Leyland PD2/12 with a Northern Counties L27/28R body which had been new to Laurie in 1955.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Brandon Street, Hamilton
21. BGM101
Central S.M.T. B101, BGM101, was a Bristol LD6G with an Eastern Coachworks H33/27R body new in 1960 which was seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
22. GM7719
Alexander L31/28R bodywork was carried by Central S.M.T. L519, GM7719, a Leyland PD2/20 new in 1956.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Keith Street, Hamilton
23. GM7729
GM7729, a Leyland Titan PD2/20 built in 1956 with Alexander L31/28RD bodywork, formerly Central SMT L529.
Photo taken April 1973, Middlesbrough
24. GM8059
In complete contrast with Western SMT 1664, Central SMT L559, GM8059, a 1957 Leyland PD2/20 with Alexander L312/28R body operating from Old Kilpatrick Garage, in Kilbowie Road, Clydebank. The destination sticker was all-too typical of SBG. Service 139 ran to Glasgow, but once it reached the city boundary at Yoker, its passengers could not be picked up on inward journeys, to protect the GCT tram and bus services. A rather dismal scene from March 1973
Photo taken March 1973, KIlbowie Road, Clydebank
25. GM9287
Representing some of the preserved vehicles operating on the "Running Day " as part of Glasgow's West End festival, two Central SMT buses B87 (TVS367 originally GM9287) a 1958 Bristol LD6G and BL346 (HGM346E), a 1967 FLF6G, rest between duties near the Riverside Museum. Both vehicles are part of the G.V.V.T. collection
Photo taken 28 Jun 2015, Riverside Museum Car Park, Glasgow
26. GM9993
Central S.M.T. B93, GM9993, was a Bristol LD6G with an Eastern Coachworks H33/27R body new in 1959.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 July 1959, Broomknoll Street, Airdrie
27. BGM100
New in 1960, Central S.M.T. B100, BGM100, was a Bristol LD6G with an Eastern Coachworks H33/27R body.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Buchanan Street, Coatbridge
28. BGM109
Central SMT B109, BGM109, was a Bristol Lodekka LD6G with ECW H33/27R body new in April 1960, on fleetlist until July 1976.
Photo taken Tuesday 14 May 1974, Almada Street, Hamilton
29. CGM413
Six Leyland L2 Leopards with Alexander C41F bodies were new to Central S.M.T. in 1961 and T3, CGM413, the third of them is seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
30. CGM413
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.
Photo taken 1969, Horsemarket, Lanark
31. CGM414
TS4, CGM414, a Leyland Leopard with Central sits rather sadly at Lanark, to compliment the recent views here and of TS3.
Photo taken May 1974, Lanark Bus Station
32. DGM430
The only Bristol Lodekka FSFs to run from new in Scotland went to Central SMT. B130, DGM430, of 1962 is dwarfed by the surrounding buildings as it waits in the former Anderston Cross bus station.
Photo taken Tuesday 15 August 1972, Anderston Cross, Glasgow
33. DGM430
Seen having received Eastern Scottish green colours is former Central SMT Bristol FSF ECW H60F B130, DGM430, renumbered as Eastern Scottish AA430A. Seen inside the New Street depot, Edinburgh. The depth of the vehicle shortage affecting Eastern Scottish at the time is emphasised by the vehicles flanking it. Edinburgh Corportion 658, ASC658B, an Alexander bodied Leyland PD3 is on the left whilst on the right is Fife Scottish FRD200, HXA400E, a 1967 Bristol FLF.
Photo taken Thursday 11 August 1977, Eastern Scottish Depot, New Street, Edinburgh
34. DGM438
Central SMT B138, DGM438, a Bristol FSF with ECW H60F bodywork one of 20 delivered in 1962. During 1977 a number of these buses went to Eastern Scottish to help with a vehicle shortage, and B138 is seen in its new guise of Eastern Scottish AA438A at Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow marked up for a journey on service 27 to its new home in Edinburgh.
Photo taken Sunday 31 July 1977, Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
35. DGM447
One of thirty new in 1962, Central S.M.T. B147, DGM447, was a Bristol FSF6G with an Eastern Coachworks H34/26F body which was seen in Quarry Street, Hamilton.
Photo taken Friday 21 June 1963, Quarry Street, Hamilton
36. DGM448
Former Central SMT B148, DGM448. wearing the colours of new owner Scottish Omnibuses/Eastern Scottish, where it was designated fleet number AA448 when acquired in the summer of 1977. Most of the FSFs transferred from Central were based at Edinburgh New Street depot, but this 'decker seems to have been operating out of the Borders depot of Galashiels
Photo taken 1977, St. Andrew Square Bus Station, Edinburgh
37. DGM449
To make up for the lack of Central SMT views, B149, DGM449, was a Bristol FSF6G with ECW H60F body, passing Leopard T86 which I recall was waiting on change over of driver or bus. Service 181 was a route between East Kilbride and Glasgow via Busby, where the railway bridge still needs low height First Glasgow buses, but under a much different guise!
Photo taken May 1976, East Kilbride
38. EGM917
Baird's/Cowal Motor Services operated EGM917 a Bedford SB5 with Duple Bella Vega C41F bodywork and is pictured on a gloomy day in Dunoon.
Photo taken c.1971, Hunter's Quay, Dunoon
39. AGM610B
Central SMT T10, AGM610B, a Leyland PSU3/1R with Alexander B53F body and alongside Ribble 791, ARN791C, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3RT Plaxton C49F body. The label on the front screen of T10 almost certainly says 'On hire to Ribble', definitely ends with 'Ribble'
Photo taken c.1966, Ribble Depot, Morecambe
40. AGM685B
After taking delivery of 60 Bristol FSF in 1961-3, 1964 deliveries reverted to FS types with rear entrances and seating H33/27RD which seems a retrograde step. B185, AGM685B, is seen freshly overhauled at 12 years of age in the yard of the Central SMT central workshops at Motherwell ready to return to its home depot.
Photo taken Tuesday 16 March 1976, Central SMT Central Works, Motherwell
41. AGM712B
Central SMT B212, AGM712B, a Bristol FS6G with ECW H33/27RD bodywork new in July 1964 parked up just inside the entrance to Anderston Cross Bus Station.
Photo taken c 1976, Anderston Cross Bus Station, Glasgow
42. CGM718C
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.
Photo taken 1969, Horsemarket, Lanark
43. CGM734C
Central SMT BE234, CGM734C, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW H38/30F body, new in April 1965
Photo taken 1976
44. CGM753C
Central SMT BE253, CGM753C, was a Bristol Lodekka FLF6G with ECW H38/30R body new in June 1965, only five months prior to introduction of the extended 31ft long version.
Photo taken Tuesday 14 May 1974, Brandon Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire
45. FGM309D
Central SMT BL309, FGM309D, awaiting departure from Killermont Street. Central used the two right hand bays whilst Midland occupied bays 5, 6 and 7. By 1974, the size of buses had outgrown the cramped area. In time honoured fashion, the conductor, changing the screens is wearing his cash bag and ticket machine well below the belt!
Photo taken Saturday 25 May 1974, Killermont Street/Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
46. HGM346E
Representing some of the preserved vehicles operating on the "Running Day " as part of Glasgow's West End festival, two Central SMT buses B87 (TVS367 originally GM9287) a 1958 Bristol LD6G and BL346 (HGM346E), a 1967 FLF6G, rest between duties near the Riverside Museum. Both vehicles are part of the G.V.V.T. collection
Photo taken 28 Jun 2015, Riverside Museum Car Park, Glasgow
47. HGM349E
Central SMT BL349, HGM349E, a Bristol FLF6G built in 1967 with ECW H44/34F bodywork. Looking more like an entrant to a bus rally than a service vehicle, taken departing Buchanan Street bus station.
Photo taken July 1977, Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
48. RHN946F
Central Scottish BE375, RHN946F, a Bristol FLF6G built in 1968 with ECW H38/32F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1977, Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
49. NGM161G
Top Deck Travel were better known for operating Bristol Lodekkas so this was an unusual sighting (for me anyway). NGM161G was a Bristol VRTSL6G built in 1969 with ECW bodywork, new to Central SMT as BN361 with H43/34F seating.
Photo taken August 1984
50. OGM282H
Central SMT T82, OGM282H, will make up for the less than pristine T93.
Photo taken March 1973, Kilbowie Road, Clydebank
51. OGM293H
Central SMT T93, OGM293H, a Leyland leopard PSU3/1R with Alexander B53F body leaves Buchanan Bus Station in 1980 for the Lanarkshire village of Strathaven pronounced "Straven", 4 years after Killermont Street closed. The gloss has obviously worn off this 10 year old example and it is in need of a complete repaint.
Photo taken Wednesday 27 August 1980, Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
52. TGM203J
The batch of 35 ECW bodied Daimler Fleetlines delivered new to Central SMT in 1971 were transferred elsewhere in 1975 or 1976. D1-20 went to Eastern Scottish and the former D3, TGM203J, now numbered DD283 is seen at the ex Baxters depot at Airdrie.
Photo taken Sunday 7 August 1977, Victoria Depot, Gartlea Road, Airdrie
53. TGM219J
Central SMT purchased a batch of Daimler Fleetlines, with ECW bodies which had a very short life before transfer to Highland Omnibuses and possibly other SBG fleets. D19, TGM219J, is about to enter Killermont Street bus station with a more traditional CSMT bus following behind.
Photo taken May 1971, Killermont Street Bus Station, Glasgow
54. TGM223J
Ten of the 35 ECW bodied Daimler Fleetlines new to Central SMT in 1971, the former D21 to D30, passed to Midland in 1975. D23, TGM223J, now Midland MRF119, is seen in Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow in 1977.
Photo taken Sunday 7 August 1977, Buchanan Street Bus Station, Glasgow
55. TGM235J
The final five of the 35 ECW bodied Daimler Fleetlines new to Central SMT passed to Northern in 1976. The former Central D35, TGM235J, now Northern NRF6 is seen at Aberdeen Bus Station in 1977.
Photo taken Thursday 4 August 1977, Aberdeen Bus Station