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5625 (K125BUD) is seen here turning from Luccombe Road into Priory Road, Shanklin.

5625 (K125BUD) is seen here turning from Luccombe Road into Priory Road, Shanklin.

Fleet number 5625 (K125BUD), now known as The Shanklin Steamer, was part of a batch of Volvo B10B buses with Northern Counties Paladin bodies new to London General as its VN class. Our vehicle, when new, was originally numbered VN8 and registered (K8KLL), along with its sisters, it was a dual-door 40 seat bus.

In London, it carried a predominantly red livery and branding for route 88 ‘Clapham Omnibus’, operating between Clapham Common and Oxford Circus. It was allocated to Stockwell Garage.

Along with the rest of the batch, VN8 was withdrawn at Easter 1997, allegedly because of problems caused by the long rear end overhangs on part of the route and was sold, with the remainder of the batch, to the Oxford Bus Company. In Oxford the B10B’s fleet number became 651 and it was re-registered K125BUD

In December  2005, the bus moved again to Solent Blue Line, within the Go-Ahead group of companies. Oxford Bus Company rebuilt the bus to single door before transfer and ironically, it came to the Isle of Wight for repaint into blue livery at Sandown before entering service back at SBL, in Eastleigh as No 625.

Following a short spell with Marchwood Motorways, it was transferred again, within group, to Southern Vectis for school duties, also working service 25 (Newport to East Cowes). 625 was converted at Newport Depot to its current configuration during the 2010/1 Winter, its sliding roof section coming from scrap sister vehicle K122BUD, which was broken for this at Ryde depot. It entered service in July 2011 as The Shanklin Steamer and was re-numbered 5625 in April 2012, at the end of the 2014 season, the bus was withdrawn, though remained serviceable. It was entered by Southern Vectis to participate at the 2014 Beer & Buses event and subsequently it was most generously presented to the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum by Go South Coast.

Vehicle Details/Specification:

  • Volvo B10B, Chassis No. YV3R13F12PA000299
  • Body: Northern Counties, No. 4447

Key dates:

  • New – May 1993
  • Sold to Oxford Bus Company becoming 651 – 1997
  • Converted to Single door layout and transferred with Go Ahead to Solent Blue Line as 625 – December 2005
  • Transferred to Marchwood Motorways
  • Transferred to Southern Vectis
  • Converted to partial open-top with sliding roof and rear end windows removed- Winter 2010/11
  • Repainted in ‘Shanklin Steamer’ special livery of orange/primrose – June 2011.
  • Fleet number changed to 5625 – April 2012
  • Withdrawn from service – September 2014
  • Donated to the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum – December 2014

Current Status:

  • Layout altered for use as The Shanklin Steamer tea room at The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum