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2018 News

Welcome to our relaunched website, we hope that after a period of it missing that you will find it of continuing interest. We would like to thank the volunteers who have made this possible. 

As another year draws to a close, we can look back on an extremely busy and successful year preserving the history of Southampton's transport for the future to enjoy. 

This year has seen us in partnership with the Nuffield Southampton Theatres on a Heritage Lottery Funded project called 'Out of the Shadows'. For us, the project fell into three phases. Phase one entailed 12 school visits over 14 days. 71 - LOW 217 was employed for this and the upper deck was turned into a cinema, showing an excellent short film about wartime Spitfire production in Southampton. 

Phase two saw 14 community days; two vehicles were static at various locations around the City and the surrounding area. The short film was this time shown on 1 - JOW 499E, 71 was used to display various artefacts from the war. Open top bus 64 - FTR 511 and 367 - BTR 367B made appearances during phase two. Between phase two and three, 367 was on display at the 'beach' in Guildhall Square to promote the project. 

The third and final phase, meant No. 1 providing free tours from Solent Sky Museum visiting locations used for the production of the Spitfire. Of the 18 tours, 16 started from Solent Sky. Two different guilded tours were used one to Woolston and the other to Shirley. The final two tours were based from Hursley House. In total the project ran over 39 days but planning for it took many hundreds of hours with the first meeting held in September 2016. 

The interesting part of the project was the great British weather! At the start of the project 71 became snowed in and the latter part was during the 2018 summer heat wave.      

71 - LOW 217 with re-enactors in Regent's Park February 2018.

      1 - JOW 499E & 64 FTR 511 at Oakbank Road, Woolston in June 2018.

On top of this we still managed to participate in over 40 other events around the City and its surroundings. 

64 - FTR 511, 71 - LOW 217 &  222 - GTR 484 on 222's inaugural appearance in Southampton City Centre in June 2018.

64 - FTR 511 taking part with school children from Ludlow School in Southampton Armed Forces Day at Guildhall Square on 1st July.

133 - TTR 167H in Southampton Eastern Docks taking part in the Southampton Heritage Open Day in September 2018.

Two new additions acquired by our members in 2018, taking part in the Bursledon Heritage Open Day at Bursledon Railway Station. These are 324 - N324 ECR & 325 - N325 ECR new to Southampton Citybus in 1995.           

Our Trust would not be able to run without the unsung volunteers who spend many hours working tirelessly behind the scenes. We must be grateful to those who keep the wheels turning for us and to enjoy the benefits of their work.

Next year (2019), will mark a number of anniversaries, this includes Guy Arab birthdays, Southampton Transport 140th Anniversary and 100 years of the first continuous motor bus service in Southampton. We are working on these celebrations and other events with various partners.

Our first meeting of 2019, will be our AGM, which will take place on Monday 14th January 2019 at the Southampton Sailing Club in Woolston. May we take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their great support in many ways during 2018.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year with all the best for 2019.                               

Members and friends of the Trust enjoying a Summer BBQ at our Storage Site at Bursledon Brickworks Museum in August 2018.

335 - 335 AOW crossing Cosham Railway Station level Crossing when providing a free bus tour for the VTG Indoor Transport Fair at Cosham on 11th November 2018.

Our new members area will be available soon to members. Information regarding this new area and how to log in, will be send out via email with the monthly members update and will also be in the Spring 2019 Newsletter.


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