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 new to Southern Vectis, 880 is in restored condition and the run down from the Potteries was completed without issue. This was the longest run that the vehicle has yet completed in preservation; a fresh MOT being gained earlier this month and the excellent mechanical and cosmetic state is a credit to the former owner.

We look forward to placing 880 on display for the 2019 season and operating it at some of our forthcoming events – why not come and see the vehicle for yourselves and learn about how the Leyland National, a vehicle very much ahead of its time when built, fits into the timeline of our vehicle collection.

leyland national 880 returns to isle of wight outside waitrose

The above photo (taken by Ben Bartram) shows 880 under the museum’s sign at Ryde Depot after arrival, whilst the other two photos (taken by Richard Johnson) shows the arrival at East Cowes ex Red Funnel’s Red Falcon and brief pose at Waitrose for photographs.