Today's County in the Spotlight:Part 2

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Some words on West Lothian from the pages of the FCF tourist guide of "nice places to stop off at"
...and then there is a little gem if you like railways at the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. Yes, it's nice to stand next to a class 37 in blue humming and droning away next to you in the drizzle, but it also has a second hand "book shop" in a couple of carriages. Just the sort I like. Piled high in a haphazard way with all manner of books, magazines, pamphlets and cheap too! 10 mags for a £1 etc. There was an interesting little book from a car hire firm from Lothian Road in Edinburgh with pictures and descriptions of their chaufferred tours in the twenties at £3....fascinating!

Onwards and nice views of the 3 Bridges from the road heading towards Queensferry. The new one is due to open on August 30th 2017.
https://youtu.be/bhdI8Qs9iFA?t=89
https://youtu.be/bhdI8Qs9iFA?t=89
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The "West Lothian Question" used to exercise the MP Tam Dalyell (pronounced Dee-ell) a great deal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Loth ... ich%20were
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I can now claim numpty of the year award and my evidence is in the now edited post at the end of Berkshire:

viewtopic.php?p=718347#p718347

#-o #-o #-o :-D
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mickthemaverick wrote:
25 May 2022, 12:00
I can now claim numpty of the year award and my evidence is in the now edited post at the end of Berkshire:

viewtopic.php?p=718347#p718347

#-o #-o #-o :-D
The reg's can be a difficult search, and my go to, old 60's films of the area with cars milling around and photobombing scenes, can be a little frustrating in the quality, especially in old cine films being revived digitally. What is refreshing is a decent British Pathe treatment of some event.

So what are the area registration codes for West Lothian...Pre-74

only 1

SX

Sure I have seen hundreds on my deliberations, but finding them again....

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The Union Canal Passes through West Lothian, and here is one of its important little stop off places the Manse Basin at Linlithgow
First up Dudley the cat
First up Dudley the cat
Second up the canal basin
Second up the canal basin
looks fun!
looks fun!
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...and here we have our first West Lothian SX

Room for more if you discover a pre-74 registration plate example...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_9O7NskXqI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_9O7NskXqI
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A couple more SX's for our collection:
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BMC/ British Leyland used to make tractors at Bathgate, Of course just a line in a Proclaimers song now!



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Bathgate's finest....

But mirror mirror on the wall what is the prettiest small tractor of them all.......

It is......the Leyland 154 :!: :!: :!:

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Being in Scotland, yes the Scottish Field magazine travel correspondants have come up with 10 Fascinating facts about West Lothian. Wonder what they are :?: and how high they score on the scale of fascination.

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/travel/ ... t-lothian/

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Honourable mention for The Goth in Armadale, the FCF faithful should know what a Gothenburg Pub is, click the pic if you have forgotten..

Section of the town centre at Armadale in West Lothian
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West Lothian pub of the day for its day in the spotlight is the Four Marys In Linlithgow.
The Four Marys
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Its a Belhaven Pub, but plenty of handpulls, and if you are lucky the Belhaven 80 bob will be on!
Four Marys Handpulls
Four Marys Handpulls
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So who is this and what is the connection with West Lothian?
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And for that matter who are these and the connection? :-D
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mickthemaverick wrote:
25 May 2022, 20:08
So who is this and what is the connection with West Lothian?
I came across a Formula 1 connection on my travels. He is probably something like Paul Di Resta, who hails from West Lothian and had a seat in one of the lower echelon of F1 teams but didn't get the opportunity to progress in F1.

The Franchitti Brothers from West Lothian also deserve a mention, Dario particularly successful in the USA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dario_Franchitti
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marino_Franchitti

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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
25 May 2022, 21:06
mickthemaverick wrote:
25 May 2022, 20:08
So who is this and what is the connection with West Lothian?
I came across a Formula 1 connection on my travels. He is probably something like Paul Di Resta, who hails from West Lothian and had a seat in one of the lower echelon of F1 teams but didn't get the opportunity to progress in F1.

The Franchitti Brothers from West Lothian also deserve a mention, Dario particularly successful in the USA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dario_Franchitti
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marino_Franchitti

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He IS Paul di Resta, test driver for Mercedes at the time this picture was taken. Out of interest he was actually the Francetti brothers' cousin!! :-D