The Solent Transport Trust (STT) was formed in 1976 with the aim of preserving vehicles from the fleets of both Southampton and Portsmouth Corporation Transport Departments.
The first bus to be saved was ex. Southampton 255 - JOW 928 which is a unique vehicle since it was originally intended for the carriage of mainly standing passengers hence the nickname 'Standee'. This bus was the only one owned by the Solent Transport Trust and it did so for the complete life of the Trust. Other vehicles were purchased by members of the STT and these took part in Trust activities; details of these buses can be found in the garage section of this site.
The Solent Transport Trust for many years held evening slide and talk meetings during the winter in halls owned by the St. John Ambulance in Dean Road, Bitterne. Successful Running Days were also held retracing pre: 1977 bus routes from Pound Tree Road and later Bus Rallies were organised at Ocean Village. A sales stand was operated selling books and copies of bus photos taken by members and others to raise funds for vehicle restoration.
However with rising costs and a falling membership the work of the Trust was becoming more difficult by the late 1990's. Therefore when Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust was mooted members of Solent Transport Trust took notice and supported it's establishment. In practical terms this meant that Solent Transport Trust was used as the foundation for the new membership organisation and all assets and liabilties were incorporated within the merged association.
The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (S&DTHT) is now preserving part of the past into the future.
Some past Posters & Programmes