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Transport – Bus Destination Indicator

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Only visitors of a certain age will recognise this object in our transport display!

When this long roll of local place names was fitted at the front of the bus, only one destination could be seen at a time. After reaching each place, the driver turned a handle inside the bus to wind the roll to the next one. Nowadays, pre-programmed digital bus indicators can be found both outside and inside many buses, saving the driver the effort!

At the time that our bus indicator was in use, W. Alexander & Sons was the largest bus operator in Scotland.  It was later split the company into three smaller companies, based broadly on the operating units that already existed.   Midland was established to serve Falkirk, Stirling and Glasgow and retained the blue/cream livery of Alexanders, Fife operated around Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy and adopted a red livery, and Northern based on Aberdeen, Elgin and Dundee chose a bright new livery of yellow.

In 1990-91 Alexanders’ bus company was sold to Stagecoach, who continue to operate local services today.