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MacBraynes Bus - 1961 Restored Bedford Coach 603CYS - used by Northern Constabulary Pipe Band

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Another more detailed view of this magnificent coach which Northern Constabulary Pipe Band used at the 2007 European Pipe Band Championships in Inverness.
see www.flickr.com/photos/conner395/941867041/

This beautifully-restored 1961-vintage MacBraynes Bedford C5 coach (with orignal coachwork by Duple) is owned by a charitable trust. In its previous life it used to transport tourists and locals alike around the West Highlands, its short wheelbase and light structure making it suitable for the many single-track roads with tight bends of the North and West of Highland Scotland in the 1960's and 1970's.

603CYS (Number 179 in the MacBraynes fleet) was bought for preservation by the late Andrew Muckley of Houghton-le-Street, from Co. Durham who was instumental in forming the MacBraynes Circle. It passed to another preservationist in Inverness and was stored at the Highland depot in the town and on the takeover of Highland by Rapsons. They took control of the bus and it is now in the care of the MacBraynes Circle.

A photograph of the vehicle in service in 1963 appears at:

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  1. Lara604 57 months ago | reply

    wow what a looker!

  2. Clanger's England 57 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Real Matchbox Cars, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. johnshinchliffe 53 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Full Fronted Buses & Coaches, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. Andrei'f 51 months ago | reply

    i'd like taking a tour on it ... looks brilliant !

  5. Lilian 62 51 months ago | reply

    Your Photo really made a Splash!!!!
    1best splash final_edited-3**Splash**

  6. David C Laurie 51 months ago | reply

    Historic Vehicles ROCK !!!

    Hoots Mon it's an
    for this special image on
    Scottish Amateur Photographers

  7. crisangoz 50 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called CAMION ESCALERA CHIVA Buseta BUS DIABLO ROJO GUAGUA Chicken Bus, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. Fast Response 47 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Old or Re-built cars/vans/lorries Etc;, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. mikebusphotoman 46 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Preserved Coaches , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. conner395 45 months ago | reply

    The various MacBraynes Circle preserved/restored vehicles the Band has had use of:

  11. AJM STUDIOS 44 months ago | reply

    It seems like a cartoon. It is a great looking little bus.

  12. moments & more (see you soon...very busy) [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    Oh so cute...this little bus. One of my jobs was busdriver in Lübeck! :-)

  13. THATS RIGHT 42 months ago | reply

    Please join group if you have not already
    and share your photos and videos for all to see.

    This group is dedicated to the past.

  14. wilf lewis 30 months ago | reply

    Excellent photo - thank-you for sharing it

  15. Calgacus Greco 23 months ago | reply

    The late Andrew Muckley is mentioned on this page as being instrumental in the formation of the MacBrayne's Circle. I remember when Andrew arrived to teach at Gordonstoun in 1969-70. At that time, he bought a bus (as I remember it was cream coloured and had blue "Bluebird" logos and signage). It was often "stolen" by the boys and hidden in the woods in the grounds, leading to Andrew going around looking for it on foot. He became well known for his phrase "Has anybody seen my bus?" often repeated mimicking Andrew's basso profundo delivery.

  16. play talk learn 20 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing this photo - I will be using it to illustrate a post on www.playtalklearn.com. I will of course link back here so everyone knows that it's your image.

  17. conner395 20 months ago | reply

    @play talk learn
    Emily, I am thrilled.
    Best regards from (currently very sunny) Scotland

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