Next stop for bus museum

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Next stop for bus museum

Ryde Bus Garage pictured in 1982. Picture courtesy of Richard Newman.

THE Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum is on the move after buying its own building — a closed bus garage.

Contracts were exchanged last week between the museum trustees and the Go Ahead property board for the former Southern Vectis bus depot in Park Road, Ryde.

The pre-war building will be adapted to house the collection of buses, coaches and associated memorabilia ready for the 2015 season.

The long-awaited news was revealed by museum chairman Steve Cook to members and volunteers attending the charity’s annual meeting in Newport on Saturday (17).

However, for this season, the leased Newport Quay building, a former timber and grain store, will continue to house the collection while Ryde depot is made suitable for its new role.

Mr Cook said: "The acquisition marks the culmination of 18 years’ hard work on the part of past and present committee members.

"The museum was lucky to lease the Newport building from the council 18 years ago although it had always hoped to secure a building of its own.

"Finding a covered location with headroom for double-deckers had been no easy task."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, May 23.


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by matthew eldridge

23rd May 2014, at 09:16:13

i have to agree colin and steve hobbiies whether they be trains buses fishing or even bird watching are the persons choice just because you you dont agree does not mean they are open to abuse/rididcule

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd May 2014, at 08:33:01

I always thought that land was owned by the railway ?

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by Richard Brown

22nd May 2014, at 14:21:06

A couple of weeks ago whilst in York we visited the Railway Museum. A fabulous experience. It receives nearly three quarters of a million visitors a year, so if as Mr Taylor suggests, "bus and train spotters are weird" there must be an awful lot of weird people in the UK

Best of luck to the Bus Museum

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by Margaret Brooker

22nd May 2014, at 10:28:26

If we all felt like Steve Paul Taylor, there wouldn't be anything for visitors, tourists and residents to visit as there wouldn't be a penny spent on the upkeep and maintenance of anything. I personally applaud those self funding societies and I look forward to a visit to thier new site when it's open.

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by jan hickman

22nd May 2014, at 09:26:23

Responding as Mrs Public to the comments below.....George comes across as respectful and inciteful with his good wishes for an island attraction.....Steve ...oh dear...petty somewhat today! Well done to the Bus Museum, my father and husband very much respect the hard and interesting work you put in for the island...thank you, I will bring my boys to see the new premises next season!

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by Graeme Egerton

22nd May 2014, at 07:57:02

I'm quite cynical (see posts on CP passim) but I rather enjoyed seeing the old buses around at the weekend. A trip to the museum may well be on the cards!

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by David Shoulder

22nd May 2014, at 06:12:44

Everyone has the right to give their opinion. They also have some responsibility to ensure there is some thought and some point behind their bold and loud statements on everything.

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by steve paul taylor

21st May 2014, at 20:17:12

Obviously IOW is full of them

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by Colin Russell

21st May 2014, at 19:03:11

I myself find people who make stupid statements weird, and sad,

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by steve paul taylor

21st May 2014, at 17:54:04

Bus and train spotters are weird

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