School Buses




Sandy Sievwright

Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland

Sandy Sievwright remembers some of his journeys to school by bus, a few miles to the south of Edinburgh, from Penicuik to Dalkeith.

Sandy wrote:

Service Bus

"I went to St Davids RC Secondary School at Dalkeith,  The school's catchment area included Penicuik.  In the early 1960s, we had to travel by SMT service bus which went via Roslin, Loanhead and Bonnyrigg.

A group of youngsters on a bus was never going to be a good idea.  There were, too often, scuffles although usually just a bit of a grab for the front or back seats upstairs."


"On the odd occasion, trouble would break out.  One particular day all Hell erupted.  One of the girls had picked up a pile of discarded sausages from the butchers bin.

It didn't take long until these meaty objects were flying around the upper deck.  Whack!  Splatter!  Thud!  as they hit the windows, the roof, the back of our seats and the top of our heads when we didn't duck quickly enough.

Next day, we were all up in front of the Head and the ringleaders were punished.  It was still the belt in those days."


"We had a funny trip one day which left us all in stitches. On the way home as the bus enters Roslin and exits at the other end of the village were there were two railway bridges.

One of the boys was on a dare and his mission was to get off the bus then run along the railway and try to be at the second bridge, at the Penicuik end of Roslin in time to catch the bus again. Hah!

You've guessed it, He was running but his schoolbag was still on his seat.  Well not for long!  I saw it being hurled out the window and onto the roadside below.  Loud peels of laughter kept us going until we got back home."


"Some of the drivers were, quite rightly, fed up of some of the wild behaviour.  One in particular was a well known pupil hater. As his bus approached the kerbside to begin his uplift there was a higher than normal pushing and shoving to get on first,

Indeed, it was probably quite dangerous. Next thing I knew, the driver he was on the bus giving us a good talking to and he announced: "I've been driving this bus for the last 20 years and YOU LOT are the worst I've ever had!

After a moments pause a voice began singing 'Happy Birthday to You', and next thing the whole bus were in full voice.

Poor old crabbit driver (lol).  I bet he had a good few pints when the council provided a non-service bus with an adult to control the pupils on the journey from Penicuik to Dalkeith."

Sandy Sievwright, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:  July 2, 2012


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