Time travellers

16th February 1996 at 00:00
Our Transport Correspondent, being politically incorrect, recalls that in the 1950s special needs pupils in Glasgow used to travel in distinctive grey single-decker vehicles known to the rest of the school community as "loony buses".

These had a dual purpose, however, because they delivered school meals in silver containers. Now one of the buses has been saved from the scrap heap and is on the restoration list at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond outside Dunfermline.

The plan is to restore it to its old glory, but nobody knows how to re-create its most distinctive memory for the human passengers: the aroma of steamed fish and cold custard that lingered long after the dinner runs.

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