Double-Deckers : Bristol Lodekka FS
By the time Central took its fourth Lodekka variant, the FS, it had already sampled both the FSF and the FLF - models which most people recognised as pointing the way to the future. Nevertheless in 1964 it acquired a substantial fleet of rear-entrance FSs with only 60 seats. The debate over the virtues of the rear platform was still raging in Motherwell in 1964 - as indeed it continued to do in London into the next century.
It's difficult to explain why, but I always felt that the FSs had a certain air of sophistication about them - perhaps it was the combination of a traditional layout and more modern fittings.
|B181-215||Chassis Bristol FS6G||Built 1964|
|Bodywork ECW H33/27RD|
|181 AGM681B||188 AGM688B||195 AGM695B||202 AGM702B||209 AGM709B|
|182 AGM682B||189 AGM689B||196 AGM696B||203 AGM703B||210 AGM710B|
|183 AGM683B||190 AGM690B||197 AGM697B||204 AGM704B||211 AGM711B|
|184 AGM684B||191 AGM691B||198 AGM698B||205 AGM705B||212 AGM712B|
|185 AGM685B||192 AGM692B||199 AGM699B||206 AGM706B||213 AGM713B|
|186 AGM686B||193 AGM693B||200 AGM700B||207 AGM707B||214 AGM714B|
|187 AGM687B||194 AGM694B||201 AGM701B||208 AGM708B||215 AGM715B|
|LEFT : B200 hard at work on the marathon 242 Peebles - Glasgow. Note the short-lived reference to 'Blytheswood Street', soon to be re-named Anderston Cross Bus Station.|
|RIGHT : This shot captures a priceless moment with B214 disgracing itself in Glasgow. Apparently it is beneath the dignity of the 'white hat' to get actively involved!|