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
64 - FTR 511, 71 - LOW
217 & 222 - GTR 484 on 222's inaugural
appearance in Southampton City Centre in
64 - FTR 511 taking part with school
children from Ludlow School in
Southampton Armed Forces Day at
Guildhall Square on 1st
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
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
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