Ladies and gentlemen! Omnibuses, coaches and lorries from Glasgow, Scotland!
Albion Motors, founded in 1899, were amongst the great survivors of the British vehicle industry and, especially, of the indigenous Scottish motor industry - many early companies failed and it was only in the 1960s that there was a vain attempt to re-introduce mass vehicle production into Scotland with Rootes at Linwood and BMC at Bathgate. Both the latter ultimately failed. But Albion kept going, making commercial vehicles, for many years. A takeover by Leyland Motors in 1951 saw the steady introduction of 'badge engineering' and true Albion chassis and vehicle production fell away as the Glasgow plant began to specialise in transmission products and, after various ownership changes, the works are still in production.*
1909 Austin A6 Tourer by Austin7nut @ Flickr
Albion Motor Cars introduced their first passenger car in 1900. Six years later, the 4-cylinder Model 24/30 saw production, replaced by somewhat smaller Albion 15 in 1912. During the Great War, the plant in Glasgow focused on 3-ton trucks for the War Office, passenger models being discontinued (and never resumed).
1913 Albion A12 by mwsmith20 @ Flickr
In 1923, the first 'dedicated' Albion bus chassis was announced. Actually, the company delivered buses to a customer in Newcastle-on-Tyne nine years earlier, but they were built on unaltered truck chassis. Since 1926, different bus platforms were developed, usually bearing names beginning with "V" (Viking, Valiant, Victor, Valkyrie, and double-decked Venturer).
1933 Albion Valiant ad by mikeyashworth @ Flickr
The motto of Albion was "Sure as the Sunrise". And sunrise was the emblem. By the way, during WWII the company contributed to war effort producing Enfield No 2 Mk 1 revolvers - close cousins of the Webley(Webley & Scott accused the British Government of illegally using their Mk IV design; the claim was denied, but the claimants received a compensation from the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors).
1927 Albion bus with Croall of Edinburgh bodywork (1932/33) by mikeyashworth @ Flickr
Albion lorry at Niddrie, Edinburgh (1928) by mikeyashworth @ Flickr
1927 Albion Flatbed Lorry by austin7nut @ Flickr
1929 Albion LB41 RC 970 Municipal Vehicle by classic vehicles @ Flickr
1934 Albion Valiant by day 192 @ Flickr
1936 Albion AM463 by homer----simpson @ Flickr
1937 Albion Special M540 Lorry by classic vehicles @ Flickr
1938 Albion FT3 Flat Bed by robertknight16 @ Flickr
1938 Albion LB40 by homer----simpson@ Flickr
1939 Albion Drysdale Pump Unit - Diss Urban District Council Fire Brigade by austin7nut @ Flickr
1944 Albion WD-CX22S HAT by robertknight16 @ Flickr
1947 Albion A75N by day 192 @ Flickr
1947 Albion Valkyrie CX13 by day 192 @ Flickr
1947 Albion Venturer CX19 by Paul Rankin @ Flickr
1947 Albion CX11 by day 192 @ Flickr
1949 Albion Valiant CX39N (rebodied by Roe in 1958) by day 192 @ Flickr
1954 Albion Claymore by day 192 @ Flickr
1954 Albion HD57L by day 192 @ Flickr
1955 Albion Nimbus by Albert S. Bite @ Flickr
1956 Albion Victor by classic vehicles @ Flickr
1956 Albion Chieftain by day 192 @ Flickr
1960 Albion FT111KTR Chieftain recovery vehicle by homer----simpson @ Flickr
1965 Albion Nimbus by guzzijohn @ Flickr
1966 Albion Claymore by day 192 @ Flickr
Albion trucks and buses retained their typical Diesel Era appearance through mid-1960s. Later, the vehicles from Glasgow looked like (and in fact, they were) rebadged Leylands.
Now some ice cream for dessert:
1953 Albion Ice Cream Tanker (Australia)
Text: mickeyashworth @ Flickr
Headline photo: by robertknight16 @ Flickr