2012 News

Monday 10th December

2012 has been a big year for everyone not just for Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust. A year which has seen the 30th Olympics in London and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, among other events. Here at S&DTHT its been a big year which has seen the website launch, which has been a success and gone from strength to strength. One of the greatest achievements this year has been getting our Swift 1 - JOW 499E back on the road after many years. S&DTHT would like to wish every one a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.

1980's? Swift M.O.T
367 - BTR 367B Ribbon Cut

We will be at the Friends of King Alfred Running Day on January 1st 2013 with our Swift.

Wednesday 24th October

On Tuesday 23rd October, 432 – NLP 432V joined 202 - KDL 202W & 76 - WFX 257S for an evening out to the New Forest. The evening started at Southampton Airport Parkway Station and travelled through Southampton and then onto the Forest Inn in Ashurst.

76 at the pub 432 at the pub
202 at the pub

Monday 15th October

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day was held on Sunday 14th October. We took 361 – BTR 361B & 432 - NLP 389V to the event on the Island. Both buses were used in service, 361 went to Yarmouth and 432 went to Godshills and Newport Bus Station.

361 on the Ferry 361 Yarmouth
361 & 432 432 Newport

The November meeting has been moved to 5th November, still at the Southampton Sailing club in Woolston.

Monday 8th October

The Fareham & District Model Railway Club, annual Wickham RailEx took place on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October. Over the weekend 367 – BTR 367B and 133 - TTR 167H was used on the service from the Exhibition in Wickham to Fareham Railway Station. Over 115 people used the services.

367 - BTR 367B 133 - TTR 167H

361 & 432 are off to the Isle of Wight this Sunday (14th) for the Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day. If you would like to travel with us from Southampton, Contact Us for more information.

Sunday 30th September

The official launch of our Swift 1 – JOW 499E took place on Saturday 29th September at the Grove Tavern Pub on Swift Road, Southampton, We were join by member of the trust and friends. Also at the event was Councillor Carol Cunio who helped cut the ribbon and launch the Swift. 133 - TTR 167 & 367 – BTR 367B came along to celebrate the Swift being back on the road.

Ribbon Cut Tour

After the launch, we took the Swift and friends for a trip around Southampton, visiting many places where she would have serviced over 30 years ago.

Woolston Shirley Depot
Lordshill Weston Shore

In other news, 133 & 271 have both passed M.O.T in recent weeks so are ready for another year on the road.

Monday 24th September

The annual Fareham & District Model Railway Group exhibition will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October at Wickham Community Centre. We will be running a free shuttle bus from Fareham Railway Station to Buddens Road, Wickham every hour during the event. Come along for the ride and say Hi.

Wednesday 29th August

1 - JOW 499E is back on the road after successfully passing an M.O.T on Wednesday 29th August for the first time in 20 years at I M Services in Romsey. Much work has been done over the last few years including painting, general maintenance and other restoration items and this could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of members of the Trust. S&DTHT would like to thank all those involved in getting 1 - JOW 499E back on the road. The first trip out for the Swift will be revealed soon, come back soon to find out which event the Swift will be going to.

Swift M.O.T Swift M.O.T
Swift M.O.T Swift M.O.T

Back when the Swift was last on the road in July 1992, Jimmy Nail was number in the single charts with Ain't No Doubt.

Tuesday 14th August

As the weather has not been too good this year for the rally season, the opportunities to take our buses out have been limited. On Monday 13th August 133 & 271 went out for the monthly meeting for a trip into Southampton and onto many routes they served over the years.

Atlanteans at Parkway Atlanteans at Parkway

We were joined by Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation Group who brought along ex Portsmouth Citybus 305 - HOR 305N, which was owned by Southampton Citybus from 1987 till 1989 when they owned the Portsmouth operation. Also ex Portsmouth Corporation 306 - HOR 306N came along making it a fun night for all, on the all Leyland Atlantean run out.

Back Home 1980's?

Saturday 4th August

We are still searching for information regarding the missing window frames of 255 – JOW 928, our Standee. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these frames, which are vital to the restoration of the bus, then please do Contact Us. More information about the appeal can be found on the Standee Appeal page.

255 255 Now

Wednesday 11th July

The planned trip to the Alton Bus Rally has been CANCELLED due to the water logging of the rally site.

Other news, the monthly meeting of the Trust on Monday 9th July, saw both 361 – BTR 361B & 367 – BTR 367B back on the road together for the first time in many years.

361 & 367 361 & 367

Wednesday 4th July

Tuesday 3rd July, saw 7 P&O cruise ships in the port of Southampton at the same time to celebrate the 175th anniversary of P&O Cruises. 71 - LOW 217 & 367 - BTR 367B were both used on park & ride from various parts of the city to pick up members of the Ocean Liner Society and take them to Ocean Village. 432 - NLP 389V & 289 - E289 HRV was used to take the members back.

71 & 367 P&O Ships

Monday 11th June

The Copythorne Steam & Vintage Rally took place on Sunday 10th June. Both 71 – LOW 217 & 432 - NLP 389V attended the event, due to the weather 64 – FTR 511 did not attend. 432 was used on park and ride services and carried around 300 people to the event, whilst 71 was doing tours of the New Forest. During the day over 80 people travelled on 71.

Copythorne Copythorne

Monday 4th June

On Sunday 3rd June, we provided a free shuttle bus from Alton Train Station to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Around 150 travel on 64 – FTR 511 throughout the day.

Alton Alton

Tuesday 29th May

The Copythorne Steam & Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday 10th June at the Scout Headquarters and Field in Copythorne. Use the park and ride to get to the event and ride on one of our buses and also there will be tours of the New Forest using our open topper 64 – FTR 511.

Thursday 24th May

On Sunday 3rd June we will be providing a free bus service from Alton Railway Station on the Mid-Hants Railway to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. So why not take a trip on the Mid-Hants Railway and then join us on 64 – FTR 511 to Jane Austen’s House.

Monsay 21st May

318 – 318 AOW attended the AEC Centenary Gathering at the Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke on Sunday 20th May.

318 Milestones

Sunday 6th May

64 – FTR 511 passed its class 6 MOT at the Vosa Test Station in Southampton on Tuesday 1st May. 64 will be out and about at a number of events over the summer.


Monday 30th April

271 – FTR 271X & 353 – 373 FCR both attended the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering held at Wisley Airfield on Sunday 29th April.

271 Cobham 353 Cobham

Sunday 29th April

71 – LOW 217 passed its class 6 M.O.T at the Vosa Test Station in Southampton on 24th April and is now ready for another year on the road. Next up for M.O.T is open topper 64 - FTR 511


Monday 23rd April

335 - 335 AOW was on show at the Brijan Tours Charity Open Day on Sunday 22nd April. It is hoped that 335 will be back on the road sometime soon after being restored over the pass few years.


Thursday 22nd March

402 - KOW 910F is undergoing a rebuild which includes a new floor in the lower saloon and also now woodwork under the panels. It is hoped that 402’s rebuild will be finished later this year or early 2013.

402 402

Thursday 8th March

133 was taken for a wash before heading back home to Portswood for the launch of a local shopping bus service for the new supermarket which stands on the site of the former Portswood Garage, which opens on March 14th 2012. Mayor of Southampton Terry Matthews also took to the driver seat of 133 at the launch.

133 Wash Mayor of Southampton 133 at Portwoods Depot

Sunday 26th February

Over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, we provided a free shuttle bus from Fleming Park, Eastleigh to Eastleigh Railway Station and Southampton Parkway Station (Airport), for The Annual Solent Model Railway Group and Eurotrack exhibition. Over the weekend we carried around 200 people around Eastleigh.

71 Model Railway

Wednesday 1st February

The Annual Solent Model Railway Group and Eurotrack exhibition take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February at Fleming Park, Eastleigh. We will be running a free shuttle bus from Fleming Park, Eastleigh to Eastleigh Railway Station and Southampton Parkway Station (Airport) every 30 minutes from 9am till 4pm. Come along and say Hi.

Tuesday 3rd January

271, 361 & 432 all attended the King Alfred Running Day in Winchester on 1st January. 271 & 361 were on static display. 432 was used on service 22 between St. Catherine’s Park & Ride area and the bus station.

361 & 271 432

Sunday 1st January


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David Hutchings