Vintage buses to operate in Capital for one day

Vintage Lothian buses will be on display as part of Doors Open Day. Picture: contributed
Vintage Lothian buses will be on display as part of Doors Open Day. Picture: contributed
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BUSES from the middle of last century are set to return to the streets of Edinburgh for a day.

Passengers will be able to ride in the vintage vehicles between Lothian Road and Newhaven as part of Doors Open Day on Saturday, September 24.

Lothian Buses will run the special service along part of the regular No 16 route, including a stop close to their Central Depot in Annandale Street, where visitors will be offered the chance to see behind the scenes.

Among the attractions at the depot will be the chance to sit on board a double-decker as it goes through the bus wash.

The vintage buses will run from the Filmhouse in Lothian Road, via Princes Street, St Andrew Square, York Place and Leith Walk to Newhaven.

About a dozen vehicles will be involved, most of them normally housed at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in Dunfermline.

They will run at least every ten minutes between 9am and 6pm and normal Lothian Buses fares will apply.

Lothian Buses managing director Richard Hall said: “We are really excited to be able to offer trips on vintage buses as part of our Doors Open Day programme this year.

“We hope that by giving people this rare opportunity to travel back in time on these special services, it will add to what is already a very popular event in Edinburgh.”

The Annandale Street depot is a favourite place for people to visit during Doors Open Day, with around 4000 people passing through its doors during the four hours it is open.

As well as the chance to go through the bus wash, the depot will have a display of new and vintage buses and there will be tours around the listed building, highlighting aspects of its history.

Children will have the chance to sit in the bus driver’s seat.

There will also be scale-model bus “racing” operated by mobile motorsport event organiser The Racing Bug.

And the event will include a range of activities for children of all ages including face painting and a bouncy castle.

The depot will be open, free to visitors, from noon until 4pm on September 24.

This year, Lothian Buses will be supporting Guide Dogs Scotland and Poppy Scotland with donation buckets at the doors and throughout the depot.

Doors Open Day is now in its 26th year, offering free access to significant buildings in the Capital, giving people a glimpse behind the scenes. Venues also often include talks or events to help bring the history of the buildings to life.

The annual city-wide event was started by the Cockburn Association in 1991 as a celebration of Edinburgh’s architecture, culture and heritage.

It has grown steadily over the years and now sees thousands of people flocking to see the inside of familiar buildings which are not normally open to the public or which normally charge an admission fee.

This year’s programme is still being finalised but is expected to be published next month.