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IW Bus Museum celebrates Vectis Bus Company centenary

9 – 10 Oct 2021


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IW Bus Museum celebrates Vectis Bus Company centenary

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This coming weekend, the 9th and 10th of October, sees a special event at the IW Bus & Coach Museum to celebrate the centenary of the Vectis Bus Company. It was in October 1921 when the company began operating a small number of routes which form the basis of today’s network.

The Museum opens at 10am on both days and the celebrations will include a recreation of some early routes using historic vehicles. Other vehicles will be on static display, both inside and outside the Museum. Entry is free, but a special souvenir programme is available at £8. This includes timetables for the free bus services, historical notes and a facsimile of the original 1920s guide.

Today’s Southern Vectis is a direct descendent of the original Vectis Bus Company, with a history that includes the Southern Railway, the British Transport Commission and the National Bus Company (NBC). Southern Vectis was one of the first NBC companies to be privatised in 1986 when it was bought by its management. The Go-Ahead Group acquired the company in 2005.

The Bus Museum is in Park Road, Ryde, and accessible by Southern Vectis routes 2, 3 and 8. There is no car parking at the Museum, the nearest being St John’s Road station.