A little bit of history
Edinburgh’s double deckers all had front engines. That is until 801 appeared in 1965 as the very first with a rear engine and the door in front of the front axle.
Revolutionary at the time, it was to be the forerunner of a layout which was to become the standard for decades to come. It offered new standards of comfort and ease of access with a step-free entrance. For the driver, it had semi-automatic transmission which - when driven correctly - provided completely jolt-free gear changes.
801 entered service at Leith garage as a crew operated bus used mainly on service 16 but was adapted for one-person operation in 1970 and transferred to Marine, where it spent the rest of its operational life.