20/08/2015

Isle Of Wight: Holiday on the islands buses - part 1

Our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn recently returned from a family week away on the Isle of Wight and has sent us a cracking selection of photographs to share with you all. The island which is situated 4 miles south of the Hampshire coast is of course best known for being home to the Go Ahead bus operator Southern Vectis (often referred to as 'the islands buses') so they will feature predominately in the first two parts of this three part feature...

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
Since my last visit a couple of years ago Southern Vectis have had quite a few new vehicles. In late 2014/early 2015 a batch of short AD E20Ds joined the fleet, and here we have fleet no 2710 which is branded for the red 1 service between Newport and the red jet terminal in Cowes (c) Philip Slynn.

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
Seen leaving Ryde bus station on the Downs Breezer service is 4641 a 1998 Volvo Olympian which started life with Musterphantom/Solent Blue Line (c) Philip Slynn.

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
Tucked away in the middle of the Island is a rather large outstation which I managed to find and get permission to photograph various vehicles. Here we have one of the school bus vehicles – No 7175 is a 2004 Scania/Irizar that started life with Clarks of London (c) Philip Slynn.

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
Also parked up at this site are the vehicles used for the various festivals that take place on the island and here we have two ex London Central bendibuses. Fleet nos 2906 and 2911 at the end of the row of about a dozen. The others were behind other parked buses (c) Philip Slynn.

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
As well as running quite a few new vehicles, several ex London Volvo B7TLs are in service, and this one is fleet no 1952 dating from 2002 (c) Philip Slynn.

Isle Of Wight 2015 pt1 (c) Philip Slynn
A batch of AD E40Ds were purchased specifically for school work in 2012. However, occasionally some are seen in service and here is 1519 leaving Newport bus station for Ventnor (c) Philip Slynn.

Thanks to Philip for the photos and captions included in this feature, look out for the next part which should be online in the next few days.