Dundee Museum of Transport gallery: Restoration projects
These restoration projects are being undertaken with assistance from Dundee Museum of Transport and/or the vehicles are potential exhibits in our premises. DMofT does not own the vehicles listed here. If you have more photographs of Tayside's Transport heritage or know of a potential exhibit please get in touch through our contact page.
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Dundee Corporation Daimler Fleetline bus PYJ461L 161: under restoration
In December 1972 Dundee Corporation took delivery of a fleet of 26 10 metre double-deck dual-door Daimler Fleetline buses seating 83 passengers, the highest capacity buses bought to date. These vehicles were registered PYJ442L to PYJ466L and took fleet numbers 142 to 166. They were also the first double-deck buses delivered new in the two-tone Corporation livery that signified driver-only "pay as you enter" vehicles. The windscreen on these buses was two-piece flat glass. The bodywork for these new Daimler Fleetlines was in stark contrast to the previous single door/rounded dome buses as they came with peaked domes instead. Initially these new buses were used on the 1/1A/1B St. Mary's route.
PYJ461L last saw service on the Tayway route which launched in November 1980 and it became one of a select few former Corporation buses to regularly operate outwith the City boundary as far as Monifieth.
These buses were withdrawn from service in March 1983 after just over 10 years in service. Thankfully PYJ461L never went very far - firstly to local farmer Mitchell and then to the Errol Airfield car boot sale where it lost all its seats and was turned into a book store. 161 was sent for scrap at the end of 2005 and was saved as it was in the process of being cut-up in January 2006.
This is going to be a long and difficult project as the bus basically has no interior and scores of damaged/missing panels. You can follow the progress of this project on the Tayway bus blog (external link). Here are direct links to the six latest posts on the Tayway blog:
Leyland Titan bus PD3/3 KWG655: restoration currently on hold
Delivered new to Walter Alexander at Dundee in 1958, it passed to the new Northern company on its formation in 1961. After withdrawal from passenger service it became a driver trainer. It was then sold to a farmer in Aberdeenshire where it remained, out of use, for 20 years. Northern relied on Titans as its standard double-decker for many years.
The current owner purchased the vehicle at the end of 2006 and the engine started first time. It was painted in this orange and cream livery, with a handpainted broadside advert for the company’s express coach services to London. In July 2010 it was moved to the premises of an operator in Dundee where restoration has now begun thanks to the support of Airport Travel Dundee and Claverhouse Group for their generous support of this restoration.
Former 1961 Angus Area / Tayside Fire Brigade Turntable Ladder: under restoration
MTS279 is an example of the all-steel, all-British manufactured 100 ft (30 metres) hydraulically operated turntable ladders designed and built during the 1950s-1970s by the highly respected but now sadly long gone Merryweather & Sons Ltd of Greenwich. It was new to the old Angus Area Fire Brigade in 1961, remaining in service with Tayside Fire Brigade until the mid 1980s before being de-commissioned and finally sold out of service in 1992. Turntable Ladders of this type were then widely used by UK and Commonwealth Country fire brigades as their mainstay high-reach appliance. Their proven high reliability resulted in many remaining in service for 30 years or so, only being replaced when technology moved on and more advanced appliances were developed.
Dundee Corporation Daimler CVG6 bus ETS964 returns home: under restoration
In April 2010 National Express Dundee very generously agreed to donate Daimler CVG6 ETS964 (fleet number 184) to the Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society. ETS 964 bus entered service with Dundee Corporation on 27 November 1955 and was withdrawn in September 1977.
On Sunday 30 May 2010 the bus was brought back from the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond to the Taybus premises for work to commence on getting the bus back on the road as soon as possible.