.... 'and this is me' as Mike Yarwood used to
say. I have said for a while that I would include a photograph of myself in the
'faces - past and present' section, but I have now decided to include myself on
a page of my own - just to give you all a little insight into my life.
I was born on 25th April 1962 and have lived
in the Dunfermline area all my life. I attended Blacklaw P.S. (now demolished)
before moving up to Woodmill High School. I then started my apprenticeship as a
Fitter/Turner in Rosyth Dockyard in 1979 and worked in the Dockyard until 1993.
When I left the Dockyard (through voluntary redundancy), I went to work for
RailTrack at Edinburgh Waverley, starting off sweeping platforms etc (RO2),
moving up to a supervisor (RO2(S)) and finally working as a grade 3
Clerical Officer (CO3) in Edinburgh Signalling Centre. Working with the
signalmen, and co-operating with the Train Operating Companies was a fantastic
job. My job was attributing any delays in the region to an incident. The
position was made redundant and they could not find another suitable position
for my grade in the area, so another redundancy package was dangled under my
nose. It was after this that I started driving buses (1997). I lasted until 2005
when I took a short term contract position as a Station Officer, again, at
Edinburgh Waverley. The contract was only for 6 months, but I thought that if my
foot was back in the door, it might lead to something more permanent. Alas, it
was not to be, so I came back to the buses, back down to the low beginners rate
for another year!
My Father was a railwayman, a passenger guard
stationed at Dunfermline Upper, you see. That is where my liking for the
railways comes from. I always had a liking for the 'red buses' as well, when I
was a lad. I always remember that I thought the Alexander bodied Daimler
Fleetline was a 'handsome' looking bus, very beautiful curves, and well
proportioned. (Yes, it is a bus I am describing, not a woman). I also loved the
high pitch 'whine' of the Volvo Ailsa when they appeared.
I met my long term partner, Lisa, when she
started working as a 'Hostess' on the X25/X15 Glasgow - Cumbernauld (Abronhill)
service. I was a driver at the time on this service also. We have 2
beautiful kids, Helena, who is 6, and Callum, who is 3.
I like to sit at the computer instead of
watching all the rubbish on TV nowadays, and just got the notion to start a
website devoted to 'our own buses' - the buses that have served Fife since 1962.
Soon to be included will be all the buses that have served Fife since buses
started running on our roads.
One day in the future, I hope to buy, own and
run, my own preserved bus - ideally an ex Fife vehicle (an Ailsa or a Leopard
would do just nice). If I can't do this myself, maybe my new project will. I am
creating a preservation group within the depots of Stagecoach Fife. Notices have
been posted asking for members to join the 'fifescottish.com Preservation
Group'. The aim is to get any staff members interested in buses to join the
group and chip in to the kitty to have funds at the ready for any possible
preservation candidates. I am lucky that, through this site, I get to hear about
the possible former Fife vehicles that become available for preservation. I will
just have to wait and see how things work out. If it happens, the group will
have their own pages within this site.
I have other interests as well as those
mentioned above. At one time, I was collecting model buses (in Scottish
colours), but got a bit peeved off at the lack of models in Fife Ayres Red and
Cream livery. I started stripping a few of the models I had and started doing my
own re-liveries and conversions. A few of the models can be seen on the models
page. I have also dabbled in model railways, but due to lack of space, this will
have to wait a few more years. As I own 1 square foot of land in the Northern
Isles (bought on eBay), I am apparently entitled to use the title 'Laird of
So there you are, 'me' in a nutshell. Full
time Partner, Father, bus driver, anorak and couch potato.