Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, also referred to as The Isle of Wight Bus Museum, was founded in 1997 in Newport on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom.

The museum is a registered charity and run completely by volunteers. The vehicle collection is currently housed in the former bus depot at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The museum hosts two bus rallies of its own. There is one event in May, running day.[1] and another in October which features many buses from around the country.

Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum
LocationPark Road, Ryde Isle of Wight
Coordinates50°43′34″N 1°09′18″W / 50.726108°N 1.154863°WCoordinates: 50°43′34″N 1°09′18″W / 50.726108°N 1.154863°W
DirectorSteve Cook, Richard Newman, Keith Randle, Leo Roberts, Gordon Wigmore, Dave Moore (company secretary), Bill Ackroyd

Vehicles on display

Southern Vectis 628 SDL 638J 6
Bristol VR Previously run by Southern Vectis 628 SDL638J St James Square, Newport.

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum currently has 21 vehicles on display at its new premises at Ryde.[2]

These being:-

Museum owned:-

  • Bristol K5G / ECW – FLJ538 - 1954
  • Bristol MW6G / ECW – PDL515 - 1958
  • Bedford SB / Duple – ADL459B - 1964
  • Bristol FLF6G / ECW – CDL479C - 1965
  • Bristol MW6G / ECW – FDL927D - 1966
  • Bristol RESH / Duple Commander – KDL885F - 1968
  • Bristol RELL / ECW – TDL563K - 1971
  • Bedford YRQ / Plaxton – VDL264K - 1972
  • Bristol VRT-SL3 / ECW – UDL673S - 1978
  • Leyland Leopard / ECW B51 – RDL309X - 1982
  • Dennis Dart / Duple – G526VYE - 1990
  • Volvo B10B / Northern Counties – K125BUD (Shanklin Steamer) - 1993
  • A.E.C Matador / SVOC – GXX785

Template:Daimler CK /Dodson DL 5084 - 1927 Template:Cheverton Stage Coach (Civility)- 1880 NDL 600W/ Robin Hood- 1982 Bedford SB / Duple – ODL400 Template:Leyland National MDL 880R

On Loan & Privately Owned:-

  • Bedford OB / Duple – FDL676
  • Bristol LD6G / ECW – PDL519 (Tadpoles)
  • Dennis Ace / Harrington – DL9015
  • Renault TN4F – 136 NOU
  • Bristol LD6G / ECW – SDL268
  • Bristol VRT-SL2 / ECW – SDL638J

Template:Bristol LD/ ECW- MDL 954

Vehicles currently stored off display or site

These vehicles below are currently not in the vehicle display and are stored outside of the museum building.

  • Leyland Olympian / ECW – A700DDL
  • Bristol VRT / ECW- NDL637M (Privately Owned)


Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum
The bus museum's previous site at Newport Quay.

By the end of 2010, the museum was planning to relocate and construct a new purpose built unit to house an Island Road Transport Museum.[3] The move is necessary due to the building it currently uses being demolished as part of revelopment of Newport Quay. The plan was to purchase a two and a half acre area of farmland adjoining Havenstreet Railway, with the new site covering twice the floor area that the current base offers. The plans would require £120,000 to be raised to fund the move. Supporters were invited to purchase £250 shares in the project with monies being returned if the plan failed. However, in addition to funding issues, the field formed part of the Isle of Wight AONB, which could have lead to a battle for planning consent over redevelopment.[4]

Since 2015 the museum has been based at a former Southern Vectis depot, located in Park Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. which houses and displays the Museum’s collection of buses and coaches.[5]

Photo gallery

Buses at Isle of Wight Bus Museum running day May 2010 2

Buses lined up on the quay during the "Ex Island Buses" only running day during May 2010.

Southern Vectis 216 FDL 676 7

An ex Southern Vectis Bedford OB 216 (FDL676) at the Southern Vectis Bustival 2011. This bus is part of the bus museum collection.

Southern Vectis 301 KDL 885F 8

This is 301 a Bristol RELH with Duple Commander Bodywork.This bus is part of the bus museum collection.


  1. ^ "Isle of Wight County Press – "Trip back in time on the buses"". Retrieved 26 February 2009.
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  3. ^ Information from the Isle of Wight Bus Museum leaflet 2008
  4. ^ "Culture 24 – "Isle of Wight Bus Museum fights for its future."". Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  5. ^


Badger Vectis

Badger Vectis was an English bus company based in Poole. A post-deregulation joint venture between Weston-super-Mare based bus company Badgerline and Isle of Wight bus company Southern Vectis, it was set up in September 1987 to compete with incumbent operator Wilts & Dorset. The buses all used the Badgerline brand. After a noted bus war between the two large companies, Badger Vectis folded in March 1988.


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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (; also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IoW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies, the British Crown was then represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995. The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historically part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890. It continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed.The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

List of museums on the Isle of Wight

This list of museums on the Isle of Wight, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.

List of tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight

The following is a list of tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight.

Moss Motor Tours

Moss Motor Tours Ltd. was a bus and coach company that operated on the Isle of Wight between 1921 and 1994. The company sold its assets in 1994 to various bus and coach providers on the Island and off. The name and "goodwill" of the company was purchased by Southern Vectis in 1994.

Following Southern Vectis' purchase by the Go-Ahead Group in 2005, "Moss Motors" was resurrected as one of several fleet names for the company's coach unit (also including, amongst others, Fountain Coaches and the West Wight Bus & Coach Company). "Moss Motors" was also used for a short time to brand a commuter coach service into Newport. In January 2013, a change in management and significant investment in new vehicles (mostly buses, not coaches) meant that these classic fleetnames were abandoned in favour of one "home to school" brand "Vectis Blue".

Newport bus station (Isle of Wight)

Newport bus station, on the Isle of Wight is located at Orchard Street in Newport town centre. Recent redevelopment has seen the former 1960s-built South Street bus station demolished, to make way for a new row of shops, and the current facility built behind that site. Newport is used as the hub of Southern Vectis's network of bus routes, so the majority of routes use Newport bus station, currently 11 out of 14. On 1 July 2007 the bus station became a no smoking area in its entirety.

From April 2011, the bus station travel office has accommodated a 'Visitor Information' point, to serve as a replacement for the Tourist Information Centres, which were closed by the Isle of Wight Council to save money as a result of funding reductions from central government.

Southampton Citybus

Southampton Citybus was a bus operator which operated local services throughout the English city of Southampton. It was formed in 1898 as Southampton Corporation Transport. In 1986, as a result of deregulation an 'arms-length' limited company was formed in the name of Southampton Citybus and the coat of arms of the City of Southampton was removed, and replaced with the new branding. The company was owned by the town council until 1954, and the city council until 1993. It was then bought by its employees, in 1997 it was purchased by FirstGroup and is now part of First Hampshire & Dorset.


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Not to be confused with Wrightbus, the bus manufacturer

Wightbus was a bus operator on the Isle of Wight, owned by the Isle of Wight Council. It operated a network of 13 local bus services running across the island, mostly services which would not have been viable for the island's dominant commercial operator, Southern Vectis, to operate.

Wightbus also provided school buses, and transported disabled adults to various day care centres on behalf of the council's social services department. A dial-a-bus service was run over some parts of the island to residents who would be unable to leave their homes to catch a regular service bus.

The Wightbus fleet was made up of 27 vehicles with capacities ranging from 16 to 72. Around 40 trained drivers and passenger-escort staff were employed. Over 1 million passengers travelled on Wightbus services annually.Wightbus was axed by the Isle of Wight Council in February 2011, with the last services operating on 2 September 2011. Under a new "Community Bus Partnership", Southern Vectis agreed to take on a number of routes previously operated by Wightbus to rural areas of the island in co-ordination with the Isle of Wight Council and the town and parish councils which the services run in. The services are all run by volunteer drivers.

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