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    First Bus Refurbishments

    Just looking to find out as a matter of interest - what level of budget First have for refurbishing their buses. I have noticed a real variation on buses which do get a midlife refresh and others which have the same interior for most (if not all) of their virtual life. Particularly in Glasgow...
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    Leyland Olympian Tri-Axle (Ex- China Motor Bus)

    Hi all, Just looking for a little background on the above bus type which operated with First PMT then Manchester and on to Glasgow. I remember them being in Glasgow and being really good motors. They were good capacity and always seemed pretty speedy and clean inside. Their cascade to Britain...
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    First Bus Edinburgh: Overground

    I was browsing through Flickr as I often do and came across photos of W6 FAL which was used to promote First Edinburgh’s Overground network. I’ve always known First to be big in Glasgow and Aberdeen, however First’s popularity in the east has always been less in comparison to Lothian being the...
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    First: Motorway Fleet

    Spotted a FSE X36 branded E300 on the motorway the other day. I believe these buses were ex-First Glasgow and were transferred in 2015 which saw the E200MMCs replace them at Parkhead (then on to Caledonia). It did seem slightly odd that a bus with smaller wheels would be used daily on a longer...
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    Class 320s on Airdrie - Bathgate line?

    Yesterday while passing Caldercruix at about 8pm at night a pair of Class 320s flew by at speed heading towards Blackridge. They looked like the 321 conversions but it was dark so not 100% sure. Followed by a 3 car probably 10 minutes later. I didn’t think the 320s were cleared passed Airdrie...
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    Chose Your First Glasgow Fleet

    With First Glasgow about to embark on LEZ in 2022, we’ve seen First already start to make changes and plans for its fleet in the lead up to this. If you could choose the allocation of the fleet in your opinion, how would you have it? I would start by introducing B8RLEs on ‘the One’ services...
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    The problem with First Scotland East

    Last week while in Edinburgh I can’t help but be impressed by Lothian Buses’ fleet. Lots of new fancy new Streetdecks and Volvo examples. Even their older stock is still in pretty good nick considering. Nowhere during this did I see anything older than an 04 plate. So my questions started...
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    Scotrail Branding

    I couldn’t find a relevant current thread to put this in so thought I’d make a new one to avoid going off topic. The Scotrail saltire livery was first implemented back in 2008. At first it was a far smarter branding than the initial Carmine and Cream livery which had been going around for...

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