Remember When: On the buses in 1970s Edinburgh

1976 - Early all-over advertisement livery for the Edinburgh Wax Museum on Leyland Atlantean.
1976 - Early all-over advertisement livery for the Edinburgh Wax Museum on Leyland Atlantean.
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SOME were old bone-shakers that rattled along the city streets, operated by a driver and clippie double-act, others enjoyed such up-to-date advances as sliding doors, allowing passengers a bit of respite on the cold, winter days.

Buses in the Capital in the 1970s were undergoing a transition from the old open-back door models you could hop on and off at will - no such thing a health and safety in those days - to the new ‘modern’, conductorless, one-man operation vehicles.

1974 - One of the first Titan's to be repainted in the trainer driver livery heads up Leith Walk.

1974 - One of the first Titan's to be repainted in the trainer driver livery heads up Leith Walk.

The 1970s also saw the introduction of ‘exact fare’ buses and was also the decade that Edinburgh Corporation Transport, formed in 1928, gave way to Lothian Regional Transport. LRT was born in 1975.

All this is charted in a new book by George Fairbairn, who grew up in the Capital in the 1960s and 1970s and who was a keen amateur photographer of the city’s public transport.

But his book, Edinburgh Buses of the 1970s, is much more than just a look at the city’s public transport system.

His photographs capture a snapshot of an Edinburgh long gone and many would say much missed.

1974 - The withrawal of the iconic MCW Orion-bodied Leyland Titan PD2s saw many redcued to scrap metal. These at Bernard Hunter scrap merchants in Gilmerton.

1974 - The withrawal of the iconic MCW Orion-bodied Leyland Titan PD2s saw many redcued to scrap metal. These at Bernard Hunter scrap merchants in Gilmerton.

Here, we look back at a defining era of change for the city, courtesy of some of the images from Fairbairn’s book.

• Edinburgh Buses of the 1970s by George Fairbairn, published by Amberley, £14.99

1975 - A diversion saw many unusual services use the Royal Mile, here an No 7 passes the Tollbooth travelling towards Holyrood.

1975 - A diversion saw many unusual services use the Royal Mile, here an No 7 passes the Tollbooth travelling towards Holyrood.

A Leyland Titan PD3 heads along Lower Granton Road towards Newhaven.

A Leyland Titan PD3 heads along Lower Granton Road towards Newhaven.

Edinburgh Buses of the 1970s, by George Fairbairn

Edinburgh Buses of the 1970s, by George Fairbairn