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W. Alexander and Sons

From Graces Guide

of Falkirk

1902 Walter Alexander opened a cycle shop in Falkirk.

1913 Alexander bought his first bus – an open charabanc – and set up regular local bus services, as well as running excursions and tours - Alexander's Motor Services

1924 To satisfy demand for their rapidly growing bus services, Alexander began to build its own buses at its workshops in Falkirk.

1929 Bought by the Scottish Motor Traction Co; the bulk of the production was for the Scottish Motor Traction group.

WWII Alexander's was tasked with meeting demand for higher capacity buses

1942 the company built its first double decker buses, using a wartime utility design.

With the end of hostilities, the company quickly return to its established lines.

1948 Alexander’s bus services were nationalised; the manufacturing interest remained in private hands. Walter Alexander and Co (Coachbuilders) Ltd was incorporated.

By 1961 the company owned 2,000-vehicle operating over an 8,000 square mile area of Scotland. It was then divided into three separate companies — Fife, Midland and Northern.[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. Commercial Motor 19 Jan 1985