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Albion Van Recovery (DJS 725)

  An Albion van which has been resident in Ardvourlie for the last 42 years has been recovered and taken to Marybank for preservation by the Western Isles Transport Preservation Group.  

Registration number DJS 725 came new to Kenneth Mackenzie's mill, known locally as Stickie's mill. It was at that time the largest vehicle on the roads of Lewis & Harris and its photo featured on the front page of the local paper, getting craned from the Loch Seaforth.

The Albion was based on a bus chassis and the bodywork was specified by Stickie's family for their use and built by Bonallack. Supplied by the Inverness Motor Company and driven to Kyle for transporting by steamer. We believe it to have been in service with the mill for about 10 years.

At that time Stickie's owned Aline lodge and transferred it there for use as a store during refurbishment. After a few years it came into the ownership of the Morrison family in Ardvourlie where it was also used for storage. Mr Morrison who was a stonemason, built a beautiful stone wall to give it protection from the prevailing wind. Despite this it was blown over twice and it was returned on to its wheels.
Two volunteers from W.I.T.P.G. spent two and a half days preparing it for transporting to Marybank and forming a plan to access and for recovery. It is now sheltered indoors and will be restored when funds permit. At the moment we are researching its history and would invite any snippets of information that you might think would be useful. Also looking for photographs when it was delivering and collecting tweeds.  A copy of the photo that was on display in the Cluanie Inn on the A87 road would be much appreciated.   All originals will be copied and returned. Contact telephone is 07765131493 or email

LEFT:  The Albion being recovered from Ardvourlie

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Loading the Albion on to the former Stornoway ferry,
Loch Seaforth
  Unloading the vehicle   On the move
W.I.T.P.G. give grateful thanks to 3 generations of the Morrison family for preserving and donating this unique vehicle to us. Also, to John Maciver & Sons for advice and administering the lifting operation, to Hebridean Plant Hire for transportation to Marybank, and to I A & C Maciver for providing material for groundworks.
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