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July 2002
Western SMT in the 1970's
Western SMT operated 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 Pennine.   Complementing this vast intake of single-deckers was a small amount of double-deckers, mainly elegant Northern Counties bodied Leyland Fleetlines.   The vehicles of Western SMT in the 1970ís are pictured here.
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Top: Northern 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.
Western SMT
 
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