No 101 was a three-door
Leyland Leopard, built for Edinburgh Corporation. It entered
service in 1961 and remained in service for 27 years.
An article in
Transport News reported that this was the only 3-door bus ever
used in the UK. Here are some extracts from this
"YSG101 is Edinburgh's most famous
bus. ... For some years the Italians had been using
three door single deckers with some success.
No 101 made her debut appearance at
the Scottish Motor Show in 1961 and entered service soon after.
Following a trial period, she was allocated to the No 1 route
which was badly affected by low bridges.
Far from being the ideal solution,
101 was not well received by the public. Wit 33 seats and
40 standee passengers, there was less chance of getting a seat
at busy times
The rear entrance was too radical a
concept for most passengers, and a tannoy system had to be
fitted so the conductor could instruct people ...
By 1966, work on low bridges had
made route 1 suitable for double deckers. Thus in 1968,
101 was withdrawn from service and converted to a one door,
45-seat airport coach with large luggage boot. It remained
like this till 1975 when it was repainted in its original livery
ad put back on passenger routes.
Ten years later, 101 was still
running on passenger routes, then it was converted to a
training classroom and cinema for the new Waverley ticket
After a year in this role, she
proved healthy enough to re-enter passenger service yet again.
But by 1988 it was time for No 101 to retire and by now she was
Edinburgh's longest serving bus.
The bus was then purchased by
Douglas Soular, who set about restoring her to the condition in
which she was first seen at the Kelvin Hall in 1961."
Transport News, March 1994: pp.32-33
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