Searchroom Visit: The Scottish Brewing Archive and model trucks

This week we were visited by George Douglas and George Lyall who were interested in viewing our Scottish Brewing Archive. Mainly interested in Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd., they looked through documents such as in-house magazines and photographs.

George Lyall was a long-distance lorry driver for Scottish & Newcastle and George Douglas’ hobby is making models of brewery transport. He very kindly sent us this photograph of some of his models. His collection includes replicas of vehicles owned by the Edinburgh brewers William McEwan & Co., William Younger & Co., and Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd. The brewing company McEwans underwent a series of take-overs, eventually becoming Scottish Brewers Ltd and then Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd. George’s father in law was employed by the various companies throughout the take-overs, hence his special interest in the history of the group of companies.

George's model fleet

George Douglas takes the models to the Scottish Model Truck Show which is held as part of ‘Truckfest Scotland’ at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, in August each year. His replicas create considerable interest at the event. As George said: ‘Nostalgia is alive and well!’

His next project is to make a model of a specialised Bedford that Scottish & Newcastle had for their airport catering services while also continuing to add tankers and flatbed vehicles to the, 4mm to the foot, small scale fleet.

Photograph of William Younger Transport from the archive (WY/14/1/4/22)

It is fascinating to see the varied projects for which readers use the archives held here.

We would like to thank George Douglas for providing this information about his project and wish him the best of luck with his new models.

Thank you George and George!

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2 replies

  1. How could I get in touch with George Douglas? I am about to write an article about Scottish breweries and model trucks that depict them. It would be fantastic to find out more aboout his collection. Regards, Paul

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