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I've always been a fan of the madder and white liveried buses which have been the mainstay of bus services within the city, particularly the Leyland Atlantean.  Over the years I've taken a number of photographs and there is a selection below.  When I started taking photographs the earliest Atlanteans had already gone but a few of the 1970 vintage vehicles were still around.  There are a few other types represented (but none in the ridiculous Harlequin colours!), including a separate page for those which participate in the annual Classic Bus Running Days organised each summer by the Edinburgh Transport Group when buses connected with Edinburgh run services for the benefit of enthusiasts.  For some really great pictures I can thoroughly recommend Gavin Booth's book Streets of Edinburgh which has many bus and tram pictures from the period between 1945 and 1975.  Click on the photographs below to see a larger version.


Click here for the full image (69kb) Leyland National KSX103X in London Road approaching Abbeyhill in August 1998 on service 4.  This was one of Lothian's original batch of Leyland Nationals (KSX102X-KSX105X), a type that came rather late on in its development to the streets of Edinburgh (unless of course you count the second hand vehicles Lothian bought in 2001, some of them dating from the mid to late 1970s with the oldest being over 10 years older than Lothian's newest Nationals!).


Click here for the full image (62kb) Leyland National A109CFS at Abbeyhill on 7 August 1984.  Some 18 years later this bus could still be seen at this location as it was a regular performer on the service 40 from Frederick Street to Musselburgh before Lothian's latest batch of Darts arrived.


Click here for the full image (62kb) Leyland Leopard MSF127P at the foot of Hanover Street on the convoluted service 48 on 13 December 1985.


Click here for the full image (55kb) Leyland Cub HSC160X passes Meadowbank Stadium on the Abbeyhill circular service 60 on 14 August 1984.


Click here for the full image (66kb) Leyland Atlantean WFS260K is almost brushing the road surface as it heads to the Mound from Hanover Street on service 27 on 13 December 1985.


Click here for the full image (54kb) Leyland Atlantean WFS295K picks up passengers in Hanover Street en route to Silverknowes on service 27 on 13 December 1985.


Click here for the full image (73kb) Leyland Atlantean SSF365H waiting to turn into Frederick Street from Princes Street on service 24 in August 1984.  Of interest in this photograph are the piper who used to stand on the balcony outside The Scotch House and the fairly new Leyland Olympian in the background (A735YFS?) which carried an overall advertisement for McEwans.


Click here for the full image (62kb) Leyland Atlantean SSF371H has just turned into Princes Street from St Andrew Square on service 12 on 13 December 1985.


Click here for the full image (68kb) Leyland Atlantean SSF377H is seen in York Place on service 44 in January 1985.  Interestingly the list of places served includes the destination, Juniper Green!


Click here for the full image (66kb) The December light is fading as Leyland Atlantean SSF388H picks up passengers in Princes Street on service 12 on 13 December 1985.


Click here for the full image (114kb) Leyland Atlantean MSF465P waits at Waverley Bridge with a service 43 for Wester Hailes.  This vehicle remained in the Lothian fleet until (at least) 2002 seeing out its latter days as a training bus.  Sister vehicle 468 made it into preservation.


Click here for the full image (51kb) Leyland Atlantean MSF466P in its training bus guise in London Road in August 1998.  This bus left the Lothian fleet in March 2003.


Click here for the full image (65kb) Leyland Atlantean OSC608V turns into London Road from Marionville Road on service 20 in August 1998.  This bus had been reinstated together with OSC602V to join the remaining Atlanteans in 1998/99 as they finished their service with Lothian Buses.  Sadly although it was sold for further use in France, it was involved in a motorway crash near Sheffield on its journey to the continent and was written off.  The incident generated traffic on the Scottish Bus discussion group after a number of people spotted a photo of the bus after the crash during a BBC programme about South Yorkshire traffic police.


Click here for the full image (55kb) Not a great photograph but I've included this shot of Leyland Atlantean GSC623X in York on 8 July 1999.  For a time Lothian ran tours and school contracts in York and I was surprised when I came across this Atlantean and only managed to grab a quick picture as it passed me.


Click here for the full image (75kb) Leyland Atlantean GSC631X descends the Mound on the 42/46 circle in April 1999.  This scene recalls the latter days of the Atlanteans in Edinburgh service where Marine vehicles could be found out and about on services 20, 42/46 and sometimes the 5 (I was always looking for these to and from work!) and Longstone buses would be working services 4, 28 and 34/35.  The 42/46 route through Prestonfield and Duddingston was always an enjoyable journey on an Atlantean if the driver had a clear road and decided to put his foot down!


Click here for the full image (72kb) Leyland Atlantean GSC632X climbs the Mound on the 42/46 circle in April 1999.  At this time this area of the town was close to the remaining Atlantean workings - 28 and 42/46 on the Mound, 34/35 in the Royal Mile and 4 along Princes Street.


Click here for the full image (76kb) Leyland Atlantean GSC643X in Princes Street on service 4 in April 1999.  This was the final route for Atlantean services in Edinburgh and Lothian Buses organised a special farewell day on 3 January 2000.  The last journey was the 1929 departure from ASDA at The Jewel to Longstone (vehicle?) and was accompanied by a duplicate (correct?).  The Edinburgh Transport Group joined the occasion by operating preserved Atlanteans on a free service following the route of the 45 from Elm Row to Riccarton.


Click here for the full image (85kb) Leyland Atlantean GSC644X in the Royal Mile on service 34 in April 1999 about to cross the Mound.  As well as the normal Atlanteans the open top conversions operating city tours could also be seen at this location.


Click here for the full image (90kb) Leyland Atlantean GSC647X in London Road on service 4 in April 1999.


Click here for the full image (67kb) Lothian's original open top Leyland Atlantean JSC900E waits at Waverley Bridge in July 1984.  Of note are the name "Northern Star" and the advert for summer express coach services, an area of business that Lothian Buses is no longer involved in.  Although this bus was often used on city tours, on sunny days around this time it would occasionally be given an outing as a service 26 extra running between Leith Street and Drum Brae.  This meant that instead of a sedate pace trundling up the High Street looking at ancient buildings, some drivers would be tanking along Corstorphine Road so that upper deck passengers could feel the wind in their hair (I had some at that point!).  This was an extra long vehicle compared with others in the fleet and passed in to preservation after service with Lothian (for photos see the Classic Bus Running Day page).