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November 2000
Western in The Machars  
Not only does Stagecoach Western Buses have Stranraer depot tucked away in the South West of Scotland, but it also has a sub-depot at Whithorn in The Machars.   This depot provides vehicles for  local tendered services, as well as longer routes to Stranraer and Girvan.   Below is a selection of Whithorn vehicles from August 2000.
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Volvo/Plaxton 180 (MIL4693) at Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart.   This vehicle was formerly United Counties G535LWU, and started life with Wallace Arnold. Whithorn sub-depot provides vehicles for the lengthy 359 service from Newton Stewart to Girvan.   Volvo/Alexander  522 (R522VSE) awaits departure in Newton Stewart. Recently Dumfries and Galloway region provided funding for new vehicles.  Two Plaxton/Darts subsequently appeared, one of which, 389 (T36VCS), is seen at Kirkinner.
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The Machars is real rural Scotland.   Mercedes Minibus 22 (N622VSS) is seen approaching Port William. Whihorn depot has just been refurbished.    Sitting outside are Mercedes 069 (G283TSL), Vovlo 180 (MIL4693), and ancient Leopard 671 (TSJ71S). Western Scottish is one of the last preserves of Alexander Y-type Leopards.   Ex Fife/Kelvin/Midland 620 (TMS404X) is seen at Whithorn depot.

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McEwan also provide services through The Machars
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