Atlantean 60 Special Event - Sunday 1st July 2018


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Sunday 1st July 2018 (1100 to 1600)

Bridgeton Bus Garage

Hosted by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust


It is 60 years since the first Leyland Atlantean bus entered service in Glasgow. This type of vehicle was operated in the city for over 40 years. This year also marks 20 years since the last one bought by Strathclyde PTE ran in service. At one time, the city was the biggest Atlantean user in the world having operated nearly 1,500 examples.


To mark these milestones, we are theming our Open Sunday on 1st July as an ‘Atlantean 60’ celebration. As well as the usual Open Sunday activities, we will have some special features such as:


  • A line up in the display area of the garage featuring 10 surviving Glasgow Atlanteans, from ones awaiting restoration, some in ‘as withdrawn’ condition, others part-restored to fully restored.

  • Glasgow’s very first Atlantean on display. ‘LA1’ dates from 1958 and was one of the very first Atlanteans ever to enter service anywhere (kindly loaned for the event by Glasgow Museums Resource Centre).

  • Visiting Atlanteans from other fleets.

  • Free half hourly service from Bridgeton Bus Garage to Glasgow City Centre operated by Atlanteans.

  • A display by the Model Bus Federation (Scotland) featuring over 200 Leyland Atlantean models.

  • Atlantean-themed artefacts on display from the GVVT Archives.


The bus service will operate from Broad Street (outside the visitor entrance to the garage) to George Square in the city centre. The service will pick up and drop off from the bus stop located on the north side of the square, between North Hanover Street and North Frederick Street. The timetable will be published shortly.

We are also delighted to be launching the ‘Glasgow Atlanteans’ book at the event. Curated by Phil Halewood, it contains a pictorial history of the Atlantean operating in Glasgow using never before published photographs. The book also contains a complete garage allocation history painstakingly compiled by Hamish Mathieson. The book has something to appeal to everyone, whether it’s seeing city scenes long gone or to use as a tool to research Atlantean operation. At 152 pages, its £10 cover price represents fantastic value. Look here for further details: 60 years of the Glasgow LA!


The usual Open Sunday arrangements will also be in place during this event.Visitors will have access to wander round and look at what goes on, seeing vehicle restoration work at all stages. This will include our large display of restored vehicles. Information about each vehicle is displayed on them. GVVT volunteers will also be on hand around the building to help visitors with queries and answer questions.

We will have a number of displays from our Archives which chart aspects of Glasgow’s transport history going back over 100 years. There will also be a display from our Back on the Road programme.

The GVVT’s Leyland Leopard single decker will be parked up in the yard for those who want to see what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a bus.

Our much-celebrated Clippies’ Café will be open serving a range of refreshments and snacks.

Activities for kids include our Lego mini-figure treasure hunt.

Our stall will be selling a range of Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust and Bridgeton Bus Garage merchandise along with a wide range of transport-related books and magazine. The Model Bus Federation (Scotland) will also be selling a wide range of model buses.


Opening hours for each Open Sunday are from 11:00 to 16:00.

Entrance Prices - Adult £5.00, Child/OAP £3.00, Family £12.00.

Entrance to Bridgeton Bus Garage via Broad Street door where visitors will be met by one of our GVVT volunteers.

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