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Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum facts for kids
|Location||Park Road, Ryde Isle of Wight|
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, also referred to as The Isle of Wight Bus Museum, was founded in 1997 in Newport on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom.
The museum is a registered charity and run completely by volunteers. The vehicle collection is currently housed in the former bus depot at Ryde, Isle of Wight.
The museum hosts two bus rallies of its own. There is one event in May, running day. and another in October which features many buses from around the country.
Vehicles on display
|Bristol K5G / ECW||FLJ538||1954||Museum|
|Bristol K5G||DDL50||1940||On Loan|
|Bristol MW6G / ECW||PDL515||1958||Museum|
|Bedford SB / Duple||ADL459B||1964||Museum|
|Bristol FLF6G / ECW||CDL479C||1965||Museum|
|Bristol MW6G / ECW||FDL927D||1966||Museum|
|Bristol RESH / Duple Commander||KDL885F||1968||Museum|
|Bristol RELL / ECW||TDL563K||1971||Museum|
|Bedford YRQ / Plaxton||VDL264K||1972||Museum|
|Bristol VRT-SL3 / ECW||UDL673S||1978||Museum|
|Leyland Leopard / ECW B51||RDL309X||1982||Museum|
|Dennis Dart / Duple||G526VYE||1990||Museum|
|Volvo B10B / Northern Counties||K125BUD||1993||Museum|
|AEC Matador / SVOC||GXX785||1945||Museum|
|Daimler CK / Dodson||DL5084||1927||Museum|
|Cheverton Stage Coach||1880||Museum|
|NDL 600W / Robin Hood||1982||Museum|
|Bedford SB / Duple||ODL400||Museum|
|Dennis Dart||HW52 EPX||2002||Museum|
|Ford Transit||B259 MDL||1984||Museum|
|Bedford OB / Duple||FDL676||1949||On Loan|
|Bristol LD6G / ECW||PDL519||1958||Private|
|Dennis Ace / Harrington||DL9015||1934||Private|
|Renault TN4F||136 NOU||Private|
|Bristol LD6G / ECW||SDL268||1959||Private|
|Bristol VRT-SL2 / ECW||SDL638J||1971||Private|
|Bristol LD/ ECW||MDL 954||Private|
|Leyland Olympian / ECW||A700DDL||Museum|
|Bristol VRT / ECW||NDL637M||Private|
The Isle of Wight Bus Museum currently has 21 vehicles on display at its new premises at Ryde.
By the end of 2010, the museum was planning to relocate and construct a new purpose-built unit to house an Island Road Transport Museum. The move is necessary due to the building it currently uses being demolished as part of redevelopment of Newport Quay. The plan was to purchase a two and a half acre area of farmland adjoining Havenstreet Railway, with the new site covering twice the floor area that the current base offers. The plans would require £120,000 to be raised to fund the move. Supporters were invited to purchase £250 shares in the project with monies being returned if the plan failed. However, in addition to funding issues, the field formed part of the Isle of Wight AONB, which could have led to a battle for planning consent over redevelopment.
Since 2015 the museum has been based at a former Southern Vectis depot, located in Park Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. which houses and displays the museum’s collection of buses and coaches.