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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LEFT: The Albion being recovered