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...
Since my last visit, the IOW bus museum has moved to the old SV bus depot in Ryde. However, SV still use part of the site for parking school buses and whilst I was there this bus turned up driven by a fitter to use the outdoor ramp. It is fleet no 8232 A DAF/Optare Spectra new to Marchwood Motorways in 2000 originally registered W232 CDN (c) Philip Slynn.
As well as a fleet of blue AD E40Ds, there is also a new fleet of service buses in the green livery illustrated here by no 1586 pictured leaving Ryde bus station for Newport (c) Philip Slynn.
A few pictures now of vehicles not in service, but illustrated here as I suspect some of them would be difficult to catch in service unless you lived on the Island and first we have no 4862 another festival bus, this time a Volvo Olympian new to London General in 1997 (c) Philip Slynn.
Another school coach is 7040 a 2002 B12M that came from Wilts and Dorset but was originally new to Shearings. SV have 14 of this batch (c) Philip Slynn.
Demonstrating the fact that it was school holiday time is this line up of some of the school bus fleet of AD E40Ds (c) Philip Slynn.
At the back of the site are some ancillary vehicles including this DAF/Optate Delta that was another bus new to Marchwood Motorways (c) Philip Slynn.
Thanks to Philip for the photos and captions included in this feature, look out for the final part including other operators and general items of transport interest, it should be online over the weekend.