SCT '61 Photo Index
Southern Vectis
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1. TK1854
TK1854 was one of six Leyland TD1s with Beadle H24/24RO bodies new in January 1929 as Hants & Dorset 66, and renumbered E66 in 1930. It was withdrawn in July 1941 and passed to Southern Vectis No, 712 in August 1946. It was rebodied by Beadle as L26/26R in August 1946 and was sold to Autodrome (Engineers) Ltd., Audenshaw as a staff bus in November 1954. In October 1962 it passed to Bottomley (dealer) for scrap. It is seen here in the East Street coach station operated by L.M.S. Coachways with a Yelloway coach in the background.
Photo taken Saturday 19 October 1957, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
2. TK1854
A second shot of TK1854, a Leyland TD1 with Beadle H24/24RO body new in January 1929 to Hants & Dorset, withdrawn in July 1941 and passed to Southern Vectis No. 712 in August 1946. It was rebodied by Beadle as L26/26R in August 1946 and was sold to Autodrome as a staff bus in November 1954. In October 1962 it passed to Bottomley (dealer) for scrap. It is seen here in the East Street coach station operated by L.M.S. Coachways.
Photo taken Sunday 27 April 1958, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
3. TK1854
A third shot of TK1854, a Leyland TD1 with Beadle H24/24RO body new in January 1929 to Hants & Dorset, withdrawn in July 1941 and passed to Southern Vectis No. 712 in August 1946. It was rebodied by Beadle as L26/26R in August 1946 and was sold to Autodrome as a staff bus in November 1954.
Photo taken Saturday 25 October 1958, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
4. UH7175
A second shot of UH7175 a Leyland TD1, new in 1929, which had a Leyland L24/24R body and was initially on loan as a demonstrator for eighteen months before being purchased by Cardiff in April 1931. After withdrawal in 1945, passed to Southern Vectis, was fitted with a new Eastern Coachworks L27/26R body in 1949 and passed to Autodrome as a staff bus in August 1955 and was withdrawn in May 1962. It is seen here in the East Street coach station operated by L.M.S. Coachways and the bus just visible on the extreme left is TK1854 another of the Autodrome vehicles with the third one, BDL101, in the left background.
Photo taken Saturday 1 November 1958, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
5. UH7175
New in 1929 this Leyland TD1, UH7175, had a Leyland L24/24R body and was initially on loan as a demonstrator for eighteen months before being purchased by Cardiff in April 1931 becoming number 66. It was renumbered to 52 in 1935 and, after withdrawal in 1945, passed to Southern Vectis as number 709.
Photo taken Sunday 27 April 1958, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
6. DL9013
A pair of Southern Vectis buses converted to service vehicles, on the left 403, DL9013, a Dennis Ace new in July 1934 with a Harrington 20 seat single deck body, converted to a lorry in September 1954. Alongside is BOW168, a Bristol L5G with Beadle B34F body new to Hants & Dorset in July 1938. It was converted by H&D to a tree cutter for Southern Vectis in the winter of 1951/2.
Photo taken June 1960, Ryde Garage, Isle of Wight
7. DL9013
Second shot of Southern Vectis service vehicles DL9013 and BOW168
Photo taken June 1960, Ryde Garage, Isle of Wight
8. DL9014
Southern Vectis 404, DL9014, a 1934 Dennis Ace with Harrington body. These vehicles were colloquially known as Flying Pigs for obvious reasons.
Photo taken August 1955, Isle of Wight
9. DL9015
Preserved Southern Vectis 405, DL9015, a 1934 Dennis Ace with Harrington B20F body
Photo taken Sunday 21 July 2013, Anstey Park, Alton
10. BDL101
BDL101, new as Southern Vectis 701, was one of a pair of Bristol GO5Gs with Eastern Coachworks H30/26R bodies new in 1937 and were the first Bristol vehicles to be purchased by the company. It was rebuilt in 1951 to L28/26R by Hants & Dorset Motor Services Limited with a more upright front, rubber mounted windows and sliding vents instead of half drop windows.
Photo taken Saturday 31 May 1958, near Lower Mosley Street Bus Station
11. BDL101
A second shot of BDL101, new as Southern Vectis 701, which was one of a pair of Bristol GO5Gs with Eastern Coachworks H30/26R bodies new in 1937, rebuilt in 1951 to L28/26R by Hants & Dorset Motor Services Limited.
Photo taken Saturday 25 October 1958, East Street Coach Station, Manchester
12. CDL605
Southern Vectis 814, CDL605, was a 1939 Bristol L5G with Harrington B35R body seen here in in 1955.
Photo taken 1955, Isle of Wight
13. CDL614
Former Southern Vectis 823, CDL614, seen here with contractor Gee. It was a Bristol L5G new in May 1939 with a Margham B35R body.
Photo taken Sunday 29 January 1961, Smiths of Reading Garage
14. CDL899
Preserved Southern Vectis open topper CDL899, a Bristol K new in 1939 with an ECW H30/26R body and converted to open top during the winter of 1958/9.
Photo taken Saturday 30 May 2009, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
15. CDL899
Southern Vectis 1939-built Bristol K, CDL899, in original form with ECW H56R bodywork.
Photo taken 1955, Newport, Isle of Wight
16. CDL899
Southern Vectis 702, CDL899 , a pre-war Bristol K5G, always seemed to be a permanent fixture of summer days on the Isle of Wight. In spotless condition, it awaits passengers at Shanklin Clock, a reminder of sunshine breezes on top!
Photo taken Wednesday 8 September 1976, Shanklin Esplanade, Isle of Wight
17. CDL899
Preserved Southern Vectis CDL899, a Bristol K5G with ECW O56R body, new in 1939. Originally a highbridge double decker, it was converted to open top in 1959.
Photo taken Sunday 15 October 2006, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight Bus Museum
18. CDL899
Preserved Southern Vectis open topper CDL899, a Bristol K new in 1939 with an ECW H30/26R body and converted to open top during the winter of 1958/9.
Photo taken Sunday 18 July 2004, Watercress Line Rally, Alton
19. CAP234
Seen during the Isle of Wight Bus Museum's annual running which included a KavaLKade from Newport Quay to Carisbrooke Castle celebrating 75 years of the Bristol K and L types. In this photo, 1940 K5G CAP234, newly restored again by owner Derek Priddle, with former Westcliff K AJN825 from 1939 behind. CAP234 was new to Brighton & Hove in 1940 passing to Southern Vectis in 1960.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2012, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
20. DDL50
Preserved ex-Southern Vectis 703, DDL50, a Bristol K5G with ECW O56R body, new in 1940
Photo taken Sunday 15 October 2006, Downend (Hare & Hounds), Isle of Wight Bus Museum
21. FLJ538
Mention of the IOW Beer and Buses weekend prompts this photo of preserved Southern Vectis 908 FLJ538 (or YWG109 as it has become, following the loss of the original registration number on export to Holland).
Photo taken Saturday 14 October 2017, Seaview (Boat House), Isle of Wight
22. FLJ538
Just to appreciate the degree of hard work and dedication put into 908 over the years by I.O.W. Bus Museum members, this was the condition of the bus when discovered in the Netherlands in 2009, prior to towing it back to the UK.
Photo taken summer 2009, Echteld, Netherlands
23. DDL688
DDL688, a 1944 Bristol K5G/ECW L55R (rebodied in 1953) new to Southern Vectis, but here with J. Johnson, Wyke near Bradford.
Photo taken Sunday 14 July 1968, Deanstones Lane, Queensbury, Bradford
24. EDL22
Southern Vectis 718, EDL22 and 719, EDL23, a pair of Bristol K5Gs with ECW L55R bodies new in May 1947. Note the "not licensed" sign that both carry.
Photo taken June 1960, Ryde Garage, Isle of Wight
25. FDL802
The Bedford OB was long the stalwart of many East Anglian fleets.Theobald's FDL802 had served Southern Vectis from 1949 to 1957. Although showing Bury St Edmunds on the blind, it was simply being backed out for photographers, seemingly causing chaos to passing traffic.
Photo taken Sunday 5 September 1965, Little St. Mary's, Long Melford, Sudbury
26. FDL297
Southern Vectis 729, FDL297, a Bristol K5G with ECW L27/28R body, new in January 1949.
Photo taken June 1960, Fort Street Terminal, Sandown, Isle of Wight
27. GDL33
Preserved Southern Vectis 103, GDL33, a Crossley SD42/7 with Whitson C33F body, one of two new in June 1949 to Nash of Ventnor (GDL32/33) who were taken over by Southern Vectis, the Crossleys becoming their 102 and 103.
Photo taken Sunday 27 September 2009, Duxford
28. GDL779
Southern Vectis 219, GDL779, a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body new in June 1950
Photo taken June 1960, Newport, Isle of Wight
29. HDL279
Southern Vectis Lodekka 550, ODL10, followed by L type 835, HDL279 and two more Lodekkas behind.
Photo taken Saturday 27 February 1965, Sandown, Isle of Wight
30. HDL279
Preserved Southern Vectis 835, HDL279, a Bristol LL5G/ECW B39R, new in October 1951.
Photo taken Sunday 15 October 2006, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight Bus Museum
31. HDL304
Southern Vectis 104, HDL304, a Commer Avenger with Harrington C33F body new in 1951 to Nash of Ventnor.
Photo taken June 1960, Shanklin Bus Station, Isle of Wight
32. HDL304
Mascot Motors, St. Helier 17, J26019, was a Commer Avenger with a Harrington C35F body seen at their garage in St. Helier.
Photo taken Thursday 24 May 1973, Mascot Garage, St. Helier
33. JDL34
Ocean Port Services, Liverpool (?), JDL34, a Bristol KSW5G built in 1952 with ECW L27/28R bodywork.
Photo taken August 1970, Strand Street, Liverpool
34. JDL761
Southern Vectis 312, JDL761 a Bristol LS6B with ECW C39F body, new in September 1953
Photo taken June 1960, Brighstone Tea Gardens, Isle of Wight
35. JDL762
Southern Vectis 313, JDL762, was an early Bristol LS6B coach with ECW C39F body new in March 1954 which spent most of its life on the Isle of Wight.
Photo taken Saturday 28 March 1964, Newport Bus Station, Isle of Wight
36. KDL402
United AS KDL402, a Bristol LD6G built in 1954 with ECW H33/27R bodywork.
Photo taken September 1975, Scarborough Bus Station
37. KDL404
One of a batch new to Southern Vectis as 508, KDL404, this 1954 LD6G first moved from the sunshine island to United Counties at Luton then to United at Scarborough and finally, after conversion to a trainer bus for United. Those of the batch that made the last hurdle to trainer bus (others fell by the wayside on the way) replaced more recently built United LD6Bs.
Photo taken Saturday 7 May 1977, Park Street, Middlesbrough
38. KDL406
United AS 95, KDL406, a Bristol Lodekka LD6B built in 1954 with ECW bodywork.
Photo taken June 1978, Fisherman's Square, Redcar
39. KDL410
United Automobile 939, KDL410, a Bristol Lodekka LD6G with ECW H33/25R body. New in 1954 to Southern Vectis (514) it originally had the 'long apron' type grille. It passed to United Counties (939) in 1973, then was initially loaned to United Automobile in 1975 before being acquired by them, remaining in the green livery. It became a UAS Driver Training vehicle in 1976.
Photo taken 1975/76, Sandside, Scarborough
40. LDL725
Southern Vectis 526, LDL725, Bristol Lodekka LD6G with ECW H33/24R body, new in June 1955.
Photo taken September 1963, Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight
41. MDL592
Preserved Southern Vectis 501, originally with registration MDL592, a Bristol Lodekka new in April 1956
Photo taken Sunday 15 October 2006, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight Bus Museum
42. MDL951
On a warm summer evening Southern Vectis OT1, MDL951, awaits its next trip to Alum Bay (for The Needles). It was a Bristol LD6G and had been new in April 1956 as 541 with ECW H33/24R bodywork.
Photo taken c.1976, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
43. MDL954
ex-Southern Vectis Lodekka 500, MDL954, new in 1956, converted to open-top in 1974.
Photo taken Sunday 20 July 2003, Alton
44. MDL955
BAS564, originally Southern Vectis Lodekka MDL955, new in June 1956
Photo taken Sunday 8 August 2004, Bishop's Lydeard
45. ODL10
Southern Vectis Lodekka 550, ODL10, followed by L type 835, HDL279 and two more Lodekkas behind.
Photo taken Saturday 27 February 1965, Sandown, Isle of Wight
46. SDL268
Preserved Southern Vectis 563, SDL268, Bristol LD6G/ECW H33/27R new in June 1959
Photo taken Sunday 15 October 2006, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight Bus Museum
47. SDL268
Preserved Southern Vectis 563, SDL268, a Bristol LD6G/ECW H33/27R new in June 1959.
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2011, Alton
48. SDL268
Preserved Southern Vectis 563, SDL268, a Bristol LD6G/ECW H33/27R new in June 1959.
Photo taken Friday 1 January 2010, The Broadway, Winchester
49. SDL268
Preserved Southern Vectis 1959 LD6G 563, SDL268, and VR 4448, KRU848W.
Photo taken Sunday 16 October 2011, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
50.
Two Southern Vectis Bristol LD6G/FS6G Lodekkas and a pair of older Bristol K-series load at Ryde Esplanade Station around 1961, from a cut postcard of unknown marque posted home by myself at Brockenhurst on Saturday 28 March 1964, but postmarked Sunday.
Photo taken c. 1961, Ryde Esplanade Station, Isle of Wight
51. TDL998
Preserved ex-Southern Vectis Bristol FS6G 565, TDL998, new in 1960
Photo taken Sunday 20 July 2003, Medstead Station
52. YDL315
Seen in the Dorset village of Broadmayne is Southern Vectis 570, YDL315, a 1962 Bristol Lodekka FS6G. It was photographed taking part in the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust Dorchester Rally which commemorated Bere Regis and District
Photo taken Sunday 16 August 2015, Broadmayne, Dorset
53. YDL315
Preserved ex-Southern Vectis Lodekka 570, YDL315, a Bristol FS6G with ECW H33/27RD body, new in July 1962 and withdrawn in July 1979.
Photo taken Sunday 23 May 2004, Stagecoach Basingstoke
54. YDL315
Preserved ex-Southern Vectis 570, YDL315, a Bristol FS6G with ECW H33/27RD body, new in July 1962 and withdrawn in July 1979.
Photo taken Sunday 19 July 2015, Anstey Park, Alton
55. YDL318
Now in the fleet of Crosville Motor Services of Weston Super Mare (yes, honestly!) is the former Southern Vectis Bristol FS, YDL318. Taken on the occasion of the final New Year's Day Winchester Running Day. It is standing at the Colden Common terminus of the 69, in torrential rain.
Photo taken Wednesday 1 January 2014, Colden Common, near Winchester
56. YDL318
The previous view of Southern Vectis 573 on the site proves that there is "life after learning" as YDL318 and its driver go through their paces at Ryde Bus Station. If Tyne and Wear had obtained such a vehicle a repaint would have not been necessary!
Photo taken Friday 22 June 1984, Ryde Bus Station, Isle of Wight
57. BDL582B
Southern Vectis No 606, BDL582B, a Bristol FLF with the usual Eastern Coachworks body new in 1964.
Photo taken Saturday 7 August 1982, Newport Bus Station, Isle of Wight
58. JDL762
Hylton Castle Coaches, Sunderland, JDL762, a Bristol LS6B built in 1954 with Eastern Coach Works C39F bodywork.
Photo taken September 1970, Haverton Hill off Clarence Street, nearly opposite junction with Hope Street
59. EDL236C
Preserved Southern Vectis 803, EDL236C, Bristol MW6G, new in November 1965 with ECW B45F body, later B43F.
Photo taken Sunday 3 April 2005, Wisley Aerodrome
60. GDL771E
Ryde Bus Station overbridge was an excellent place for recording both buses and trains if you were lucky. Ex LT tube stock (038?) was in the right place to appear alongside GDL771E, Southern Vectis FLF6G number 616.
Photo taken Wednesday 8 September 1976, Ryde Bus Station
61. HDL23E
Southern Vectis 808, HDL23E, a Bristol RESL1/121 with ECW body, new in February 1967
Photo taken Sunday 21 July 2013, Anstey Park, Alton
62. KDL885F
A second view of preserved Duple bodied Southern Vectis 301, KDL885F, one of only 11 RESH chassis built.
Photo taken Sunday 9 May 2010, Carisbrooke Castle
63. KDL885F
Preserved Southern Vectis 301, KDL885F, one of only 11 RESH chassis built (this one, 4 for Hants & Dorset and 4 for Eastern National all with Duple coach bodies and two ECW bus shell DPs for Midland General).
Photo taken Sunday 9 May 2010, Carisbrooke Castle
64. LDL263F
United AS 1491, LDL263F, a Bristol LH6L built in 1968 with ECW B43F bodywork. New as Southern Vectis 826 it must have been wishing it was back there on this wet and miserable day in Scarborough.
Photo taken August 1977, Scarborough Bus Station
65. OSF307G
Preserved Bristol VR OSF307G, new to Eastern Scottish in June 1969 but then transferred to Southern Vectis in March 1973 as their number 621.
Photo taken Sunday 16 October 2011, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight
66. OSF307G
Preserved Bristol VR OSF307G, new to Eastern Scottish in June 1969 but then transferred to Southern Vectis in March 1973 as their number 621.
Photo taken Sunday 15 July 2007, Alton
67. TDL563K
Southern Vectis 883, TDL563K, a 1971 Bristol RELL6G with ECW body. Post de-regulation livery is carried.
Photo taken Sunday 13 June 2010, Chatsworth
68. ODL658R
Eastern Counties VR185, ODL658R, Bristol VRT/ECW H43/31F, new to Southern Vectis in May 1977, withdrawn by them in April 1991, then to Eastern Counties before being scrapped in early 1998.
Photo taken 1990s, Colchester Bus Station