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Scottish Buses 2023 - 1 Electric Special

This DVD is part one of two programmes from the cameras of independent transport videos looking at buses operating in Scotland during 2023.  The ‘Electric Special’ title refers to the growing number of ‘electric’ buses that are entering service and are seen on this programme running alongside their diesel cousins. 

In this programme we cover Glasgow, Paisley and Kilmarnock. The Glasgow filming takes place in March, August and October.  Locations include George Square, Buchannan bus station, Renfrew Street, Renfield Street, Hope Street, Union Street, Argyle Street and many more. The main operators in Glasgow are Firstbus and McGill’s.  Both companies now operate large fleets of battery-electric buses.  Other operators seen are West Coast Motors, Stagecoach and some independents.  Colourful liveries are in abundance, as you will see!  In August McGill’s began operating their City Swift X36/7 services from Falkirk and Stirling to Glasgow with ADL400MMC double-deckers in a smart new livery of blue and off white and we see them in service on this programme.  You will also see the Ember Yutong TCe12 battery-electric coach that runs into Glasgow from Dundee.  Also look out for McGill’s 4700 (LG71 DNO), their only BYD/ ADL200MMC-EV battery-electric single-decker that operates alongside their large fleet of Yutong E10 and E12 battery-electric single-deckers.  Whilst in Glasgow during August, our cameras take a ride on McGill’s J5027 (SG71 OTN), a Yutong E12 with a B37F body on a 38 service to Paisley.  On arrival at Paisley we film the bus action on Gauze Street, New Street, Causeyside Street, St Mirren Street and High Street.  Here nearly all of the buses are Yutong battery-electric single-deckers from the McGill’s fleet with only the odd diesel bus running through.  The Firstbus route 9 from Glasgow also uses electric buses in the form of BYD/ADL200MMC-EV single-deckers.

We return to Glasgow for further filming where a good selection of buses are seen in service.  Our cameras return to Glasgow in October whilst filming at the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s superb open weekend of where a further DVD was filmed, to see some more contemporary bus action at Killermont Street, Montrose Street and George Square.  In August our cameras visited Kilmarnock.  Since our last visit in 2022 Stagecoach have introduced a fleet of Volvo BZL battery-electric single-deckers with MCV 10.9m B37F bodies replacing the BYD/ADL200MMC-EV buses that have now moved to their Ayr depot.  The older Volvo 7900e electric single-deckers are still in service at Kilmarnock and are also seen on this programme.  Filming locations include the bus station, Green Street and Sturrock Street where we see the action of mostly Stagecoach buses in both the old and latest fleet liveries.

 Filmed :  2023
 Duration :  65 mins
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD -R
   Picture Aspect 16:9
 Order Ref :  D448


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