A coach builder and maintenance engineer from Penshaw is retiring after 50 years of service.
He has worked on hundreds of the region’s Stagecoach North East buses at the depot in Sunderland,
65-year-old Alan Scott began his career on July 22 1968 at the age of 15.
Leaving school on a Friday and starting his new job as an apprentice coachbuilder the following Monday for Sunderland Corporation
This became Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive in 1973 before Stagecoach North East took over the bus service across the city.
Coachwork is the body of a bus and a coachbuilder manufactures bodies for passenger-carrying vehicles.
As a coachbuilder, Alan was based in the busy engineering workshop, where his role involved maintaining and repairing the company’s vehicles to the strict standards set by both Stagecoach and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).
For over half a century, Alan carried out preventative maintenance and assessed and repaired accident damage on the north east region’s buses for the local bus operator.
Alan has seen the role of coach builder change over the years, with technology being the main development.
He said: “I originally came for a fitter’s job and when I discovered all the positions were filled, I took the next job as a coach builder which I have now done for 50 years
“The job has changed tremendously over the years.
“It was much busier and harder in the early days as buses were in the engineering workshop for a fortnight, where they were stripped down and rebuilt before going back out two weeks later.
“Now it is two or three days and the buses are out and back on the road, as they are much more high tech and sophisticated.”