buses in the West of Scotland from industrial Greenock and Paisley
in the North through Ayrshire mining communities to rural Stranraer
and Dumfries in the South.
During the 1970ís, as with many other bus companies, older
double deckers were replaced with modern single deckers to speed up
the conversion to one-person-operation.
Western had regularly bought Leyland Leopards in the 1960ís
but in the mid-seventies suddenly switched allegiance to the Seddon
Complementing this vast intake of single-deckers was a small
amount of double-deckers, mainly elegant Northern Counties bodied
The vehicles of Western SMT in the 1970ís are pictured
Counties/ Fleetline AR852 (XSJ652T) at Sandgate Bus Station
in Ayr in December 1988.
Bottom: DL2525 (HCS810N), an Alexander Y-type
Leopard with short bay windows, at Dumfries depot in August 1981.