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Beer and Buses Weekend

Held annually in October, this is a popular islandwide event.

2019 RYDABUS

Rydabus

Rydabus 2019 takes place 18-19th May 2019, with a celebration of Southern Vectis 90 Year

Museum Vehicles

Members’ Vehicles

1976 Leyland National 880 (MDL 880R)

880 entered service at Shanklin depot in August 1976 and was sold in March 1987. It then passed through various hands, including s...ervice with...

2002 Dennis Dart – 300 – HW52 EPX

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer MPD, HW52EPX, was the first low floor vehicle purchased by Southern Vectis for their Isle of Wight operations,...

1984 Ford Transit – 259 – B259 MDL

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...)   New to Southern Vectis this Caryle bodied 16 seater...

1981 Mercedes 508D Mini Coach NDL 600W

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to Gange's Coaches of Cowes this Robin Hood converted 21...

Civility c.1880 Stage Coach

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to the collection for 2017  is an 1880s Stage Coach which...

1993 Leyland Olympian – 743 (4643) – K743 ODL

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to Southern Vectis is 1993 this 76 seat double deck...

Bristol K – 721 (EDL 657)

  Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to Southern Vectis in September 1947,  with an ECW...

Dennis Dart / Duple (817) – G526VYE

Chassis: Dennis Dart 8.5 SBL Body: Duple B31F   One of a batch of 27 supplied new in April 1990 to London United, and sold to Southern Vectis...

Dennis Ace – 405 (DL9015)

Members' Vehicle  -  owned by D.Priddle (click title to read more...) The narrow roads of the Isle of Wight required small vehicles and the 1934...

Bristol RELL – 863 (TDL563K)

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) 863 (TDL563K) was one of a batch of nine single-deck buses,...

Volvo B10B – 5625 (K125BUD)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (Click title to read more...) Fleet number 5625 (K125BUD), now known as The Shanklin Steamer,...

Bristol FLF6G – 611 (CDL 479C)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to Southern Vectis in August 1965, CDL479C (allocated fleet...

Bristol K5G – 908 (YWG 109)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) Similar to Southern Vectis, Hants & Dorset, also part of the...

Bristol RESH – 301 (KDL 885F)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) Only 11 vehicles of this marque of Bristol RE were built and all...

Bristol MW6G – 806 (FDL 927D)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) The Bristol MW (Medium-Weight) was built in considerable numbers...

Bristol LD6G – 563 (SDL 268)

Members' vehicle  -  owned by R. Newman (click title to read more...) Many bus operating areas were beset with low railway bridges that prevented...

Bristol VRT – 628 (SDL 638J)

Members' Vehicle  -  owned by R.Newman, L. Roberts & M.Birkin (Click title to read more...) Bristol Commercial Vehicles produced its rear...

Bristol VRT – 673 (UDL 673S)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) Although most of its career was spent in Dorset this vehicle, as...

Bedford SB – ODL 400

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) tle to read more.. There were many operators on the island who...

Bedford SB – 9 (ADL 459B)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) Paul’s Tours was one of the long established Ryde coaching...

Dennis Ace – 405 (DL9015)

Members' Vehicle  -  owned by D.Priddle (click title to read more...) The narrow roads of the Isle of Wight required small vehicles and the 1934...

Bristol LD6G – 563 (SDL 268)

Members' vehicle  -  owned by R. Newman (click title to read more...) Many bus operating areas were beset with low railway bridges that prevented...

Bristol VRT – 628 (SDL 638J)

Members' Vehicle  -  owned by R.Newman, L. Roberts & M.Birkin (Click title to read more...) Bristol Commercial Vehicles produced its rear...

Vehicles on Loan

Our Service Vehicles

Bristol K5G – 703 (DDL 50)

Vehicle on Loan  -  owned by D. Priddle (click title to read more...) 703 (DDL 50) was the second highbridge vehicle of the 1939 order and the...

Bedford OB – 216 (FDL 676)

Vehicle on Loan  -  owned by P. Tucker (click title to read more...) Coaching on the Island for tourists who had returned after World war II, was...

Bristol LD6G – 559 (PDL 519) Tadpoles

Vehicle on Loan  -  owned by Top Deck Travel (click title to read more...) PDL 519, a remarkable vehicle in every sense, was originally one of a...

AEC Matador Tow Truck – 004 (GXX 785)

owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) GXX 785 originated with the Ministry of Supply and was of the...

Visiting Us

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Opening Times

Our opening times vary, but can be found on our calendar page for opening dates and times.

Admission

Admission to the museum is free and we aim to keep it that way.

Events

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Latest News

Events 2019 – Rydabus, Beer, Buses & Walks, and more

For 2019 we intend to run our two major events: Rydabus 3 will take place over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019. Click here for full details of the event   The 2019 Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday...

Return of Leyland National 880

Earlier this afternoon saw the return to the Island of ex Southern Vectis Leyland National 880 (MDL880R) after acquisition into the museum's collection from Dave Wright, Stoke-on-Trent. Significant in being the only surviving long (11.3m) example of the type delivered...

Rydabus 3

The 2019 Rydabus event takes place over the weekend of Saturday May 18th (1100 start) and Sunday May 19th (1000 start). Click here to go to the event page

Ex-Southern Vectis Leyland National 880 (MDL880R) has been re-acquired by the Museum

We are pleased to announce that ex Southern Vectis Leyland National 880 (MDL880R) has been re-acquired by the Museum, the purchase being concluded in late November. The bus is in fully restored condition and fills a current gap in our collection. 880 entered service...

MUSEUM OPENING DATES

The Museum is now closed for the Winter. We re open on Sunday 7th April 2019. Click here for 2019 Opening and events calendar       .        

Events 2019

For 2019 we intend to run our two major events: Rydabus 3 will take place over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019. Click here for full details of the event   The 2019 Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday...

Civility c.1880 Stage Coach

Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to the collection for 2017  is an 1880s Stage Coach which operated on the Isle of Wight. The ‘four-in-hand’ horse-drawn coach, was built in the 1880s by the Richard Bird Cheverton...

Bristol K – 721 (EDL 657)

  Owned by  -  The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (click title to read more...) New to Southern Vectis in September 1947,  with an ECW 'lowbridge'  body featuring rows of long bench seats and a sunken gangway on the top deck. Restoration is almost complete with...

Museum Shop

To try and maximise profit in the  museum shop and to avoid tying up funds in lots of stock, we welcome donations of suitable transport related items that we can sell. We also sell items for members. If you want to sell through the museum shop, we will only ask for a...

The Enterprise

'The Enterprise' is the magazine of the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum and is available, in full colour PDF format, or if you should choose a black and white hard copy to all of our members. In this esteemed journal, you will find all the latest news, views and...

The Bus Depot – Ryde – Vectis Blue fleet

POLITE REQUEST AND YOUR SAFETY At the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, Ryde, you cannot fail to notice the Southern Vectis 'Vectis Blue' school buses and coaches  parked at the rear of the yard. Southern Vectis, to whom the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum...

Membership of the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

Considering becoming, or renewing as a member of the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum and supporting our cause further? To make it easier than ever for you to be a member of our organisation, here are a couple of options that are available to you, so you can do...

Online Shop

Our new online shop is on it’s way.

It’s not ‘live’ just yet so you cannot purchase any items, but we will publish an update soon once products are finalised and available for purchase.