Coffee table book celebrates legacy of famous Scottish bus and coach builders
A new coffee table book has been published celebrating the final year of what was once Scotland’s largest bus and coach-building manufacturer before the firm was broken up for good.
In his new book Buses and Coaches of Walter Alexander & Sons 1960, author and transport fanatic Henry Conn, looks at the final and probably most celebrated year of the Walter Alexander motor services legacy before the company was finally broken up in three regions the following year; the traditional blue liveries finally consigned to the pages of history.
Founded in the Camelon area of Falkirk, Alexanders’ Motor Services began running omnibus services in 1913, eventually expanding in the following decade to become a father and son operated business, W. Alexander & Sons Ltd.
The company continued a meteoric growth in the region over the next 36 years, stretching from Glasgow and Oban in the south-west to Aberdeen and Forres in the north-east, and was one of the largest bus and coach manufacturers in the UK.
Comprising 128 pages of pure bus and coach indulgence, Conn’s pictorial odyssey pays homage to the end of an era for the iconic Scottish firm, which, at its height, was the biggest in the country.
Buses and Coaches of Walter Alexander & Sons 1960 is available to order for £25 from www.mortonsbooks.co.uk.