A single return to Fife’s buses

LEVEN BOUND: En route for Leven, this bus is pictured at St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. At the rear you can see parcels being unloaded, a sign of the times when it was common for packages to be carried by the bus network and collected from parcel offices in the bus stations.
LEVEN BOUND: En route for Leven, this bus is pictured at St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. At the rear you can see parcels being unloaded, a sign of the times when it was common for packages to be carried by the bus network and collected from parcel offices in the bus stations.
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A FIFE bus driver has turned his work into a passion and produced a book about buses in the Kingdom over the last 50 years.

In the appropriately named ‘Fife Buses - From Alexanders (Fife) to Stagecoach’, Walter Burt charts the history of the bus service from the early 1960s.

The book is a must for any serious ‘bus-spotters’, carefully cataloguing the make, model and, wherever possible, the bus registration and fleet numbers of all the vehicles featured.

It gives an insight to how the service developed in Fife, from when Walter Alexander’s bus company split into three operating companies in 1961 to the present day.

However, the book also has interest as a snapshot of how Fife developed and looked over the last half century, with glimpses of towns, people and other everyday occurences in the background.

For example, the picture on the left shows a Leven-bound bus in Edinburgh and at the rear of the bus you can see a pile of packages being either loaded or unloaded.

For many years it was common to have parcels distributed by the network and they could be collected at parcel offices in the bus stations.

‘Fife Buses - From Alexanders (Fife to Stagecoach’ is published by Amberley Publishing.