Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

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Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum
Bristol K5G DDL50 and Dennis Ace DL9015 at the Bus Museum, Ryde..jpg
Buses on display in the museum at Ryde, Isle of Wight
Established 1997
Location Park Road, Ryde Isle of Wight
Coordinates 50°43′34″N 1°09′18″W / 50.726108°N 1.154863°W / 50.726108; -1.154863
Type Transport
Director Steve Cook, Richard Newman, Keith Randle, Leo Roberts, Gordon Wigmore, Dave Moore (company secretary), Bill Ackroyd

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.

Vehicles on display[edit]

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

On Loan & Privately Owned:-

  • Bristol K5G / ECW – DDL50
  • Bedford OB / Duple – FDL676
  • Bristol LD6G / ECW – PDL519 (Tadpoles)
  • Dennis Ace / Harrington – DL9015
  • Renault TN4F – 136 NOU
  • Bedford SB / Duple – ODL400
  • Bristol LD6G / ECW – SDL268
  • Bristol VRT-SL2 / ECW – SDL638J

Vehicles currently stored off display or site[edit]

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)

Appeal to Relocate[edit]

The bus museum's previous site at Newport Quay.

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.[3] 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.[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[edit]


  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. [dead link]
  5. ^