Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum
|Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum|
The inside of the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum.
|Location||Newport Quay, Isle of Wight, England|
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 housed in a former grain warehouse on Newport Quay.
Most of the vehicles the museum houses date back to around the 1910s onwards, many having formerly operated on the Isle of Wight. The oldest vehicle housed is a Daimler CK bus dating back to 1927. The first floor of the museum features a photographic archive of island buses together with other memorabilia. This looks out over vehicles below on the ground floor of the museum. There is also a small shop, named 'Just the Ticket' stocking memorabilia such as photos, old timetables, books and videos.
The museum hosts two bus rallies of its own. There is one event in May, which is an 'ex-Island Buses Only' running day. and another in October which features many buses from around the country.
Current vehicles on display
The following vehicles are currently on display within the museum. Many are owned by the museum or privately owned.
- DL 5084 11 – A Daimler CK with Dodson B26R bodywork. It was new to The Vectis Bus Co. in 1927. This vehicle is privately owned and awaiting restoration.
- DDL 50 703 – A Bristol K5G with ECW bodywork. It was new to Southern Vectis in 1940.
- CDL 479C 611 – A Bristol FLF with ECW bodywork. This was new to Southern Vectis in 1965.
- FDL 927D 806 – Bristol MW with ECW bodywork. It was owned by Southern Vectis between 1958 and 1966, before being bought back for use in the 'Heritage Fleet'. When the fleet was disbanded it was loaned to the museum, before being donated in 2001. It is painted in the brown and cream livery of the Enterprise Bus Company, Enterprise being the name of the Museum's newsletter.
- FDL 676 1950 Bedford OB – Previously owned by Southern Vectis. This vehicle is on loan to the Museum.
- FLJ 538 908 – A 1940 Bristol K5G. Repatriated from the Netherlands by David Daniels in 2009 and donated to the museum. Restoration work is now well underway.
- ODL 400 A Bedford SB new to Moss Motor Tours. This vehicle is privately owned.
- ADL 459B A Bedford SB new to Pauls Tours. Under restoration.
- SDL 268 563 – A Bristol Lodekka new to Southern Vectis. This vehicle is privately owned.
- GXX 785 004 – An AEC Matador converted for use as a wrecker by Southern Vectis
- VDL 264K 264 – A Bedford YRQ with Plaxton body new to Seaview Services.
- SDL 638J 628 – A 1971 Bristol VRT – Eastern Coach Works, new in 1971. This vehicle is privately owned and not on display in 2010 or 2011.
- PDL 519 – After service with Southern Vectis, the bus was sold to Topdeck Travel and made 20 trips to Nepal & Tibet. In July 2007, after being in the museum for 10 years, the bus was started and successfully put through an MOT and later driven to Dublin and back. Currently with Top-Deck Travel doing re-enactment work.
Vehicles currently stored off site
- A700 DDL 700 – A Leyland Olympian with Eastern Coach Works body. Donated to the Museum in 2005 after withdrawal from Wilts & Dorset.
- KDL 885F 301 – A Bristol RESH6G with Duple (Northern) ECW body.
- G526VYE 817– A Dennis Dart with Duple body. Donated by its owners to the museum in December 2013.
- RDL309X 309 – A Leyland Leopard with ECW body.
Appeal to Relocate
By the end of 2010, the museum is planning to relocate and construct a new purpose built unit to house an Island Road Transport Museum. The move is necessary due to the building it currently uses being demolished as part of revelopment of Newport Quay. Currently, the plan is 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 are being invited to purchase £250 shares in the project with monies being returned if the plan fails. However in addition to funding issues, the field currently forms part of the Isle of Wight AONB, which could lead to a battle for planning consent over redevelopment.
In 2013 the museum is aiming to obtain land and buildings at Park Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight to house and display the Museum’s collection of buses and coaches. 
- "The Southern Vectis Unofficial Bus Enthusiasts' Website – The Isle of Wight Bus Museum". members.fortunecity.com. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- "Isle of Wight County Press – "Trip back in time on the buses"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
- "Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum – Our Vehicles". www.iowbusmuseum.org.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
- Information from the Isle of Wight Bus Museum leaflet 2008
- "Culture 24 – "Isle of Wight Bus Museum fights for its future."". www.culture24.org.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2009.[dead link]
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