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Lighting up the Queensferry Crossing

For several weeks beforehand it was well known that the new Queensferry Crossing would be open to traffic on Wednesday 30 August. However what was not widely known outwith media circles was the pre- opening lighting ceremony held on the Monday evening of that week where Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, formally switched on the bridge lighting. Both Stagecoach and Lothian Buses were asked to provide both vintage and modern buses to take part in a ceremonial crossing of the new bridge as part of the lighting up ceremony. Several old and new cars also took part. Just after dusk Nicola Sturgeon boarded Lothians Leyland PD3 ASC665B and together with Stagecoachs Leyland Royal Tiger BMS222, driven by Museum member Eddie Taylor, they headed the convoy from the south approach to the centre of the bridge where the switch on took place.

Bedford OB and Bristol VR emerge for 2017

Two projects that are emerging from the Museum workshops are Starks Bedford OB SS7486 and Lowland Scottish Bristol VR NDL 656R. Both of these vehicles were major projects for their owners having been resident at the museum for some time. The OB represents a typical rural bus of the 1950s and contrasts with the 1977 Bristol VR. The Bristol was new to Southern Vectis and was bought by the privatised Lowland Scottish operation in the 1990s