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Reference number: 0345

Date: 1959

Director: d. Jim Goding, Eddie Earp

Sponsor: Films of Scotland, Shell-Mex, BP Ltd and Scottish Omnibuses Ltd.

Production company: Anglo Scottish Pictures

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 21.19 mins

Description: A Galloway bus driver goes on a coach tour to John O' Groats.

Credits: ph. Jim Goding, Eddie Earp
ed. Ron Brown
sd. mix Laurie Peak
comm. w. Roger Marshall
comm. s. James Gibson
m. Tommy Reilly
music d. Frank Ratten

Shotlist: [Shotlisted from time-coded VHS copy]

Credits (.33) int. Falkirk coachworks with buses in various stages of construction. Shots of welding, riveting, panel beating, assembly, upholstery, painting and spraying. (1.47) Finished buses for various companies leave station (2.12) gvs Galloway with Ian Mackenzie driving his service bus, stopping to pick up passengers (4.10) arriving at bus station in Dumfries; shot of driver and conductress at station (4.30) gvs Edinburgh (4.57) St. Andrew's Square coach station and passengers embarking on tour coach, including two young secretaries (5.37) Ian's tour bus on the road. gvs countryside, shots of driver and passengers; shot of Loch Lomond (6.20) They stop at Loch Lomond; ms smiling passengers disembarking; Ian takes a picture of the Loch, under a rainbow (6.39) shots of tour bus on the road; ints. passengers offer each other tins or boxes of sweets (6.57) Tanker terminal at Finnart. Shots of installations, tanker and quay; gvs Refinery at Grangemouth; tracking shot BP tanker lorry (8.13) bus stops at Glencoe. Shots of piper standing in a gorge, passengers standing and sitting nearby (9.13) View across to snow-covered Ben Nevis (9.27) The Spean Bridge Commando Memorial (9.36) Fort Augustus Abbey and grounds; (10.20) various shots of ruins of Urquhart Castle (10.44) blank, leader (10.57) Tour bus on the road; ints. passengers. Gordon brings out a harmonica, but has it confiscated (11.40) shots of Inverness (11.57) Scenery on the road to Loch Maree. Bridge at Poolewe. (12.57) c/u sign, "Road works in Progress"; ms men pick up heated spades; gvs man operating road making machinery, laying a surface mixed with bitumen; c/u road roller and workmen (13.41) Scenery from coach as it descends to Gruinard Bay; passengers sing with harmonica intercut with tracking shots single lane road (14.35) man runs across white dunes and plunges into the sea; he waves at the bus; a young couple dance in a twirling modern style to harmonica, as others look on in a circle and clap (16.10) Scenery en route to Ullapool; pan over the town (17.07) cattle on the track leading away from Ullapool; shot of flock, shepherds and collie ahead of the bus (17.28) coach by roadside, passengers feeding sweets to a young deer (17.47) Coastline scenery in Sutherland; passengers watch the sun set (19.20) ints passengers in the bus; secretaries are sitting with two young men (19.36) gvs crofting. Shots of Dounreay and the "last house" in Scotland; passengers lined up on coast, bus driver describing the scene; c/u bus driver being pecked on the cheek by two young women; ls passengers on pier, thistle and lobster pot in f/ground (21.07) ecs (21.19)