Aberdeen Corporation Transport and its successors, Grampian Transport and FirstBus/First Aberdeen, can trace their history back to 1898 when they commenced tram operation within the city of Aberdeen. Motor buses were first operated in 1920. During that period, all vehicles other than special occasion vehicles wore a livery of Brunswick green and white, being replaced by Lincoln green and cream in 1954. Although the company ventured into operating rural routes in competition with Northern Scottish during 1986, the company has always been, and continues to be, the major bus service provider within the city of Aberdeen.
This book, written by three co-authors with a long-standing interest in buses operated in Aberdeen and the north-east of Scotland, concentrates on the fleet purchased by Aberdeen Corporation Transport and Grampian Transport from the early 1960s up to 1998, when the green livery was replaced by First corporate livery. Also featuring some earlier vehicles as well as demonstrators, ancillary vehicles and others, this book is an excellent portrait of the bus fleet in the Granite City.
Peter Findlay has worked in public transport for over forty years, and has had a keen interest in buses since his childhood. He has previously published two books, The Buses of Northern Scottish and North East Scottish Independents. Peter McCutcheon is a retired bus driver of 36 years' experience with Aberdeen Corporation Transport, Grampian Regional Transport and First Bus. Having had an interest in transport since the 1960's, He has been photographing buses in and around Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland since the late 60's. Today he is involved with bus restoration, preservation and is a Trustee of First Group Heritage trust. Steven Pirie is a keen bus enthusiast having an interest for more years than he cares to remember. He threw himself into the hobby as a small boy, making regular visits to depots and soon picking up a camera to document what he found.