Our route network this year is based on the Southern Vectis Summer 1974 timetable, with the addition of the former Seaview Services route between Seaview and Ryde which operated from 1922 to 1992.
- One of our two main routes is service 7 between the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum via Ryde Esplanade to Seaview, returning direct to the Museum along the former Seaview Services route. Most journeys will be operated by open top buses, many from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum’s collection.
- Our second main destination is The Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet, served this year by services 3 and 3A, the former operating direct through Havenstreet village and under the low railway bridge using single deck vehicles only and the latter taking the longer route via Wootton Common to avoid the low bridge and allow double deck buses to work to Havenstreet Station.
- Other services will link The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum to Ryde Esplanade, Binstead, Pell Estate and Elmfield.
In addition to our timetabled services above, we are offering special tour services for which tickets will be required as follows:
- Our Coach Tour with a maximum of 15 seats per trip will take you to Brading Railway Station to visit the Heritage Centre and Signal Box.
Travel on this service to Brading is entirely free of charge but must be booked on the day by obtaining a free ticket from inside the Museum. There is a nominal charge, payable at Brading, for access to Brading Signal Box.
- The Ryde Town Tour (Sunday only), will offer views of Ryde and the Solent from roads not normally served by buses.
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum is extremely grateful to Southern Vectis for providing their vintage open top Bristol K bus, CDL899 otherwise known as “The Old Girl,” now in her 79th year with the same owner, for this tour. This is an ideal opportunity to ride on this iconic and original Isle of Wight vehicle.
Travel on the Ryde Tour will require visitors to purchase special tickets, available only on the day from inside the Museum.
All proceeds from ticket sales on this tour will be donated to the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum.
Many of our timetabled services operate via Ryde Esplanade, creating a useful link for our visitors to get to and from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (see How to get to the Event)