29/08/2013

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight photo special - part 1

For our latest two part Out & about photo special we are heading to the South Coast and across the Solent to the Isle Of Wight to take a look at the impressive operations of 'the island's buses' - Go Ahead owned Southern Vectis, also included are a selection of photographs taken at the island's bus museum.

The photographs in this two part special were taken and kindly supplied by one of our occasional contributors Philip Slynn who took a holiday on the island earlier this month.

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1A (c) Philip Slynn
The first photograph in this post shows open top Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympian 4638 934 BDL which is seen here on the 'Downs Breezer' tourist service © Philip Slynn.

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1A (c) Philip Slynn
Next we see another of the island"s tourist services - the 'Island Coaster' on which ex London General Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 1953 PL51 LDO is seen operating © Philip Slynn

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1B (c) Philip Slynn
Moving on to the Southern Vectis local bus service fleet (we'll take a look at some more tourist services in part two) we see relatively rare Ikarus bodied DAF SB220 507 T165 AUA, a rather old vehicle amongst the mostly young Southern Vectis fleet © Philip Slynn.

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1B (c) Philip Slynn
Here we see a recent addition to the fleet, Vectis Blue branded Optare Solo SR 3804 HW62 CGO which is pictured operating on the Newport town service © Philip Slynn.

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1C (c) Philip Slynn
Meanwhile over at the island's bus museum (we'll take a look at some more local services in part two) on display is ex Southern Vectis Duple Northern bodied Bristol RESH 301 KDL 885F © Philip Slynn

Out & about on the Isle Of Wight PT1C (c) Philip Slynn
The final photograph in this part shows a remarkable survivor long serving ECW bodied Bristol K5G 702 CDL 899, which was new to Southern Vectis in 1939 © Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip Slynn for the photographs used in this post, look out for the second part - coming soon!