A little bit of history

Edinburgh’s double deck buses all had open rear entrances until six experimental buses with the door just behind the front axle were introduced in the late 1950s. These were followed by 50 similar buses in 1964 and a further 25 in 1966.

With fluorescent lighting and heaters these provided greater comfort than the tram replacement buses of the 1950s. The 1966 buses were all withdrawn when 12 years old, but some of the 1964 buses - the last to be built with manual gearboxes - continued in service until 1980.

Bus 665 spent much of its life on service 26 but was later transferred to the last crew-operated route, service 1. 665 has the distinction of being the very last Edinburgh bus to be operated with a conductor, and the city’s last front engined, manual gearbox bus.

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