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New book traces history of Rothesay’s trams and buses

This picture, contributed to The Buteman by reader Jack McDonald of Ascog, shows a 1937 Albion Victor belonging to Rothesay Motor Services and is among those featured in Rothesay's Trams and Buses, compiled by A.W. Brotchie and published by Stenlake Publishing.

This picture, contributed to The Buteman by reader Jack McDonald of Ascog, shows a 1937 Albion Victor belonging to Rothesay Motor Services and is among those featured in Rothesay's Trams and Buses, compiled by A.W. Brotchie and published by Stenlake Publishing.

 

The pictorial history of public transport on Bute is told in a new book by one of Scotland’s leading nostalgia publishers.

Rothesay’s Trams and Buses, compiled by Alan W. Brotchie and published by Stenlake Publishing, traces the story of the vehicles used to transport residents and visitors around the island back almost 150 years, from the earliest horse-drawn charabancs through the famous trams which ran between Rothesay and Port Bannatyne, and later Ettrick Bay, between 1882 and 1936, right up to the 21st-century fleet operated by West Coast Motors.

A detailed account of the development of public transport services on the island is followed by 72 pages of black-and-white photographs, many of them unpublished until now.

And while you might think pictures of trams and buses would be of limited interest to general readers, Rothesay’s Trams and Buses doesn’t dwell too much on the technical specifications of the vehicles featured - the people and the companies who operated them are of at least as much interest, if not more so, and the captions, as with Stenlake Publishing’s previous Bute title, Old Bute, delve deep into the stories behind the images to create a fascinating record of the island’s development.

 

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