Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

Finally, while on the topic of buses, I would like to congratulate the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, based at Lathalmond near Dunfermline, for all their work in restoring and operating around 160 historic buses of mostly Scottish origin. Many locals and visitors appreciate this museum, which also houses such vehicles as historic lorries and conducts tours around west Fife.

This museum is a pleasant and happy reminder of the outcome of manufacturing with a positive economic and social purpose.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

Manufacturing in Scotland

The Scottish Government sent out a clear and strong commitment to manufacturing when they chose Falkirk-based bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis as the venue to launch the paper “Scotland’s economy: the case for independence”. Alexander Dennis produces around half of the UK’s buses, in addition to sending vehicles around the world. It is a high-skilled operation, which employs a number of west Fifers.

Manufacturing is key to a successful and sustainable Scottish economy right now and in the future.  We already have a strong manufacturing sector supporting the prosperous oil, gas and renewable energies industries. These areas are all of great importance to Dunfermline and nearby Rosyth, through, for example, FMC Technologies and Babcock Engineering. Carnegie College, in addition, provides first-class manufacturing and energy training. Read more of this post