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Thursday 4 June 2009

With the imminent withdrawal of Lothian Buses’ last traditional madder and white-liveried buses, the Volvo Olympians with Alexander Royale bodies, we were very fortunate to arrange the use of one of these for our evening trip on 4 June.  Bus 281 (P281 PSX) was well filled for a journey that seemed to cover most of Edinburgh, with photo stop opportunities at the Balerno terminus, at the old Morningside terminus at Balcarres Street, at Gilmerton, and after a bit of faster running along the Edinburgh City Bypass, at the 26 terminus at Seton Sands in East Lothian.  The Royales also represent the last generation of traditional step-entrance buses, and the advance publicity for this trip has generated the addition of several new members to the Group, who are all very welcome.  281 and her remaining sisters in the Lothian fleet are expected to be finally withdrawn in July 2009, so enjoy them while you can.  We express our thanks to the management of Lothian Buses for arranging the hire of this bus to us.

Lothian Buses 281 pauses at the traffic lights at the east end of Balcarres Street on the evening of 4 June, with an almost full load of ETG members.  The bus was driven by ETG Chairman, David Wilson.  Photo by David Godon.

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