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.
During final junior school holidays I was passed to my aunt and uncle London SW11 that became a pair of my favourites. An Isle of Wight day trip was in duller weather than in the photo but just as perfect for me, with Southern Vectis to see and Southern Electrics, West Country Pacific, M7 and O2 tank engines and the British Railways pier tram as journeys. The last is the only transport mode probably not included in the photo, visible are railway, bus, scooter (Lambretta LD150?), excellent cars, invalid carriage, yachts and passenger ship at Pier Head. A quick look at a ferry book suggests that the vessel may be the "Brading", "Shanklin" or "Southsea" plying the current route to Portsmouth Harbour station.
I've ruled out the four LD6Bs as they date from the earliest deliveries and carried the older grill from that era if I recall correctly. Members with car expertise may be able to pin down the earliest possible year more precisely.
During a recent excursion revisit on a coach extended tour, the approximate area where the cars were is now a taxi rank, Southern Vectis still serve of course but have a dedicated bus station around the area on the right.
Photo taken by unknown, Alan Walker collection, c. 1961, Ryde Esplanade Station, Isle of Wight
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