2013 News

Friday 27th December

In early December, 335 - 335 AOW was collected from Brijan Tours where it has spent time being restored.

Every so often we receive messages asking questions about Southampton's transport past and others things via our website or via social media. A few weeks ago we received a message about some seats that were at the Newport Inn, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire. The pub sadly closed in October after the landlady passed away. The seats date back from a pre-war Daimler coach and have been in the pub since the 1950’s. If you have any more information on the seats we would be very grateful to hear from you or you can give them a good home then Conatct Us.


Tuesday 10th December

As another year draws to a close it’s been another busy year for us here at the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust. There have been many events we’ve been to and lots of people carried on our buses. The launch onto social media has proven very successful and if you haven’t already liked us or followed us then there’s a link on the front page so you can. We would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas & New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2014 at various events. We will be at Friends of King Alfred Buses Running Day on Wednesday 1st January 2014 (New Year's Day) with some of our buses.


Sunday 1st December

In 1976, 314 - 314 AOW went to France and it was thought it had been scrapped but one of our members found 314 in September and since then we have been in contact with the owners of 314. On Saturday 30th November a few of our members made the trip over to see it in Northern France, 314 is now being used a pizza restaurant with "Popote Urbaine". We presented the owner with an original number plate. Sadly there are no plans to bring 314 back to Southampton at the moment as it's owner is very happy with it. More information about 314 can be found Here.


Monday 21st October

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day in Newport took place on Sunday 20th October. 289 - E289 HRV & 402 - KOW 910F both went to the event on the Island. 289 was used in service to Yarmouth.


Monday 7th October

The Fareham & District Model Railway Club annual exhibition 'Railex 2013' took place on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October. Over the weekend 432 - NLP 389V was used on the service from the exhibition at 1000 Lakeside to Cosham Railway Station. Over 100 people used the services.

Monday 23rd September

The annual Fareham & District Model Railway Group exhibition 'Railex 2013' will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October at 1000 Lakeside, Western Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3EN. We will be running a free shuttle bus from 1000 Lakeside to Cosham Bus Station, which is just 40 meters from the Railway Station and will run every 30 minutes during the event. Come along for the ride and say Hi.

Monday 16th September

An annual event that takes place in this country is Heritage Open Days, which see Heritage Attractions open for free. Our part in the Heritage Open Weekend was providing a free shuttle bus to SS-Shieldhall which is located in Dock Gate 4. On Saturday 14th, 71 - LOW 217 was used to provide a Town Tour from Tudor house as part of the event. 1 - JOW 499E & 71 - LOW 217 were both used on the shuttle to SS-Shieldhall over the weekend.


On Sunday 29th September, 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 71 – LOW 217 to Jane Austen’s House.

Wednesday 11th September

Over the weekend of Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of September, it's the Heritage Open Days. We will be providing a free shuttle bus to the SS-Shieldhall in Dock Gate 4 on both days. On Saturday 14th the Southampton Tram Group and Dunkirk Little Ships will also be open. Due to shipping movements we cannot be absolutely certain that access will be permitted by ABP on both days.

Monday 9th September

Sunday 8th September saw the return of many ex Southampton and other Local Buses to the streets for The Mighty Regents Running Day. The event was organised by PB Bus Marketing. £500 was raised for Naomi House Hospice and Jack's Place at Sutton Scotney.

Southampton Buses that ran were: 1 – JOW 499E, 71 – LOW 217, 318 – 318 AOW, 337 - 337 AOW (123 BYE 06), 353 – 373 FCR, 366 - BOW 503C, 401 – KOW 909F, 402 – KOW 910F.

Hants & Dorset Buses: 1368 - SRU 981, 3315 - GLJ 467N, TD895 - HLJ 44, London Transport: RML2679 - SMK 679F & RTL1323 - MLL 685, Bournemouth Bus: 147 - YLJ 147 & Citybus: THX 193S.


If you missed ITV News Meridian report about the old buses in Southampton, then Here it is.

Saturday 29th August

On Sunday 8th September, FREE heritage bus services will operate in and around Southampton mainly on old Portswood routes. The event will see a number of visting buses from different fleets around the country. Programs will be available on the day for £5 with proceeds going to Naomi House Hospice and Jack's Place at Sutton Scotney. This event is being organised by PB Bus Marketing.

In recent months, 222 – GTR 484 has been purchased by members of the Trust for continued restoration, also 289 – E289 HRV has had a new engine fitted and will return to the rally scene soon.

Monday 5th August

Sunday 4th August saw the Stokes Bay Bus Rally organised by The Provincial Society. We took along 271 - FTR 271, 361 - BTR 361B, 402 - KOW 410F & 432 – NLP 432V. 402 & 432 were both used in service from the rally site to Gosport Bus Station.


On Sunday 8th September, there will be a running day in Portswood organised by Phil Blair of PB Bus Marketing. The event will see heritage buses return to the streets of Southampton. For more information about the event email - phil@pbbusmarketing.co.uk.

Our new Flickr group has been launched. The group has over 1,800 pictures of buses in and around Southampton over the years.


Monday 22nd July

The Alton Bus Rally took place on Sunday 21st July at Anstey Park in Alton. After last year’s bad weather which only saw a small event this year saw the return to the biggest bus rally in the south. We took along 133 – TTR 167H, 271 - FTR 271X, 318 - 318 AOW & 361 - BTR 361B. 133 took visitors of the event on a trip to Medstead & Four Marks Railway Station.


Tuesday 9th July

A very special visit to Southampton is East Kent FFN 446 which is owned by one of our members. During it visit to Southampton members of the Trust enjoyed a trip on bus which dates back to 1938 and rebuild in 1951 by Beadle of Dartford to a 35-seater.

Monday 1st July

Sunday 30th June saw the launch of a new book at The Dolphin Hotel in Southampton. The book about A 1950s Southampton Childhood has been written by Penny Legg and James Marsh. 71 attended the launch to transport the guests back to the 1950’s. 71 visited Royal Victoria Country Park as part of the launch. No 1 also attended the launch.


1950's Childhood in Southampton

On Saturday 29th June, members of the Trust organised a surprise for one of its members, the member being Charnie Holden who 40th birthday is in a few weeks times. members enjoyed a trip around the City to celebrate Charnie's birthday.


In other news, our YouTube channel is now live we have uploaded a few shorts clips and a Royal Blue Coach travelling through Southampton.

You Tube

Thursday 20th June

On Wednesday 19th, we had an evening out with our friends at Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation, the evening started at Eastleigh Bus Station and travelled thought Southampton and onto the Forest Inn in Ashurst. The buses that were used for the evening run out were our Swift 1 – JOW 499E and Royal Blue RE 1457 - LDV 467F.


In recent months both 1 – JOW 499E & 133 – TTR 167H have both had their chassis steam clean and full repaint to the underside to protect both buses from rust. The work was carried out by Reynolds Commercial Body Repairs in Totton.

Monday 10th June

64 - FTR 511 had another busy weekend over the weekend of Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June. On Saturday, 64 was on display at the Ejectorseat Arts Festival, which took place at Palmerston Park in Southampton City Centre.

Then on Sunday 9th June, the Copythorne Steam & Vintage Rally took place. 64 was used to do tours of the New Forest. During the day around 100 people travelled on the tour of the New Forest. Whilst 1 – JOW 499E was used on Park and Ride service to and from the event and carried around 480 people.


Monday 3rd June

64 – FTR 511 had a busy weekend over the weekend of Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June. On Saturday, it was on display at Riverside Park in the City for Friends of Riverside Park Litter Pick. On Sunday, 64 was used as part of Gosport Big Day Out on Sunday 2nd June. 64 did a tour from Stokes Bay Sailing Club along the seafront to Lee on Solent. During the event around 430 people were carried.


Tuesday 28th May

The Copythorne Steam & Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday 9th June at the Scout Headquarters and Field in Copythorne. Use the Park and Ride to get to and from the event, where you can ride on one of the free buses from Copythorne Parish Hall. There will also there will be tours of the New Forest using our open topper 64 – FTR 511.

A new section about the Southampton Tram Group and the History of Southampton Trams has been added to the website.

Wednesday 22nd May

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

In other news; both 64 - FTR 511 & 71 - LOW 217 have passed their M.O.T for this year meaning both buses will be on the road for another year. Amazingly 64 & 71 are over 120 years old together with 64 being 64 years old and 71 being 59 years old!

Information about PB Bus Heritage Collection can be found Here.

Tuesday 7th May

The Southampton Maritime Festival took place on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May. We provided a free bus service from Dock Gate 4 to City Centre and Ocean Village. Over the two days of the festival, 1683 people were carried on both routes.

A number of buses were used, these were: 1 - JOW 499E, 64 - FTR 511, 71 - LOW 217, 133 - TTR 167H & 318 - 318 AOW. We also had a number of visiting buses which were: 401 - KOW 909F, 417 - UOU 417H & 1368 - SRU 981.

Thanks to Friends of King Alfred Buses and Phil Blair of PB Bus Marketing for providing the extra buses. 1 - JOW 499E was used to take Dunkirk Veterans to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club in Ocean Village.

64 at Maritime Festival 2013  Buses at Maritme Festival
1 - JOW 499E At Royal Southampton Yacth Club  photo 07fc7a1c-d066-448f-bd93-9bd6045390e4_zps7f04f4f6.jpg

Friday 19th April

The Southampton Maritime Festival is taking place on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May. A free bus service will be operated from outside Dock Gate 4 to West Quay Car Park, Central Station, City Centre and Ocean Village. We hope to use 1, 64, 71 & 133 in service along with visiting buses on the services.

We are now on Facebook & Twitter. Why not Like Us and Follow Us and keep up to date on what we are up to. Remember our Blog which went live a few weeks ago and gives you a 'Behind the Scenes' look at the trust.

Blogger Facebook Twitter

Tuesday 9th April

After a 2 year rebuild 402 - KOW 910F successfully passed its M.O.T test on Friday 5th April at I M Services in Romsey. Now that work on 402 has finished they will restart start work on 393 - KOW 901F. They hope to have 393 back on the road in a few years.

Photos Courtesy & © Copyright of Charnie Holden

Tuesday 2nd April

The annual Brijan Tours Charity Open Day took place on Monday 1st April 2013. No. 1 was at the event and was used in service on a Meon Valley tour. 335 - 335 AOW was also on display at the event.


Why not visit our new blog - Behind the scenes at S&DTHT. This is our first part of launching ourselves into the Social Media world. More coming soon!


The location of next weeks monthly meeting, is The Southampton Sailing club in Woolston from 7:30pm.

Sunday 24th March

Work has been continuing on 402 - KOW 410F. The new wood work has been completed and the panels have been put back on. Next on the list is to refit the seats in the lower saloon. It is hoped that 402 will be back on the road in the next couple of weeks. Check back here for more news on 402 soon.

402 402

If you were listening to the Nick Girdler Show on BBC Radio Solent on Sunday 24th March you may have heard group members Charnie and Dave talking about 402.

Friday 22nd March

Information for bus services for the Southampton Maritime Festival on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th can be found Here.

1 - JOW 499E will be at the Brijan Tours Charity Open Day on Monday 1st April 2013.

Monday 25th February

The Annual Solent Model Railway Group and Eurotrack exhibition took place over the weekend of Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th February, we provided a free shuttle bus from Fleming Park, Eastleigh to Eastleigh Railway Station and Southampton Parkway Station (Airport). Over the weekend we carried around 300 people on 1 – JOW 499E.

 Swift at Model Railway Show Swift at Model Railway Show

Information about the Southampton Maritime Festival on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May can be found at Here.

Southampton Martime Festival

Friday 8th February

The Annual Solent Model Railway Group and Eurotrack exhibition take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th 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 9:30am till 4:30pm. Come along and say Hi.

The March issues of Bus & Coach Preservation Magazine contains an article about the restoration of our Swift 1 – JOW 499E. The magazine is available from all good shops.

Monday 14th January

Vacancy for Newsletter Editor

If you think you got what it takes to be newsletter editor then Contact Us. The 1st newsletter you will need to produce is for June 2013. If you only want to do a few or want to take on the role full time then this can be discussed. The role is voluntary.

Wednesday 2nd January

Our Swift 1 – JOW 499E returned to the rally scene on Tuesday 1st January at The Friends of King Alfred Running Day in Winchester. We also took 432 – NLP 369V along to the event. No. 1 was used on service 22 from St Catherine's Park and Ride site to The Bus Station. We carried around 500 people on the Park & Ride service.

1 Swift & Merlin
432 Swift

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