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2019 News

Tuesday 17th December


With 2019 drawing to a close, we are now putting our feet up after a busy year and enjoying a well earned break.


We have been out and about to many events this year, including our successful Southampton Transport Anniversaries Event in September. We are also enjoying our home at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum.


We would like to wish our supporters and friends a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year for 2020. We look forward to seeing you all next year, when we will be out and about as much as we can.


Thursday 21st November

Father Christmas has stopped off at S&DTHT towers this year!

We are pleased to be able to a offer a bumper deal for new members this Christmas. For just £40, you could buy this as a gift for yourself or another person and would receive the following;

- A year's membership of the Trust (until 31st December 2020)

    - Celebrating 100 Years of Buses in Southampton DVD

    - Post-War Guy Buses of Southampton book

    - We will even include a copy of our programme from the Southampton Transport Anniversaries Weekend

The benefits members enjoy include:

    - Monthly meetings, which includes a summer BBQ for members and friends.

    - Quarterly newsletter

    - Trips to events & shows

    - Volunteering opportunities

If you would like more information, please send us an email.

Wednesday 9th October

Our dear friend and member David Laurence Norman passed away peacefully in Queen Alexandra Hospital on Sunday 29th September 2019, aged 63, following a short illness. He will be very sadly missed by all his family and many friends.

The Funeral Service is to be held at Wessex Vale Crematorium, West End, on Friday 18th October at 1.45pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations if desired, payable to Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (to benefit the restoration of the Guy Standee Bus) may be sent care of A H Freemantle Funeral Directors, 16 Middle Road, Park Gate, Southampton, SO31 7GH.

The wake will take place at The Bursledon Brickworks Museum (SO31 7HB) directly after the service. Please park in the main car park and make your way to the main museum building.

Monday 16th September


We would like to thank everyone who supported the Southampton Transport Anniversaries Weekend event.


A great weekend was had by all, the Saturday of the event was based in Southampton City Centre and saw buses running to SS Shieldhall and Bitterne Local History Centre. There were also City and Docks Tours. Three of the surviving Southampton Guy Arab's took part in a route re-creation.


On Sunday, the event was based at Bursledon Brickworks Museum, home of S&DTHT. Buses were running to Bursledon Railway Station, Bursledon Windmill, Swanwick Railway Station and tours of Warsash and Whiteley. There was also a display of buses on the hand standing of the museum, which included 6 Guy Arabs buses!


We are now going to enjoy a well-earned rest but fear not because the buses will be back out for Music in The City in Southampton on Saturday 28th September. We hope to see you there.


If anyone would like to purchase a souvenir programme from the weekend event, we still have a few remaining, please send us an email. These are available for £5 including postage.

Monday 2nd September


We are pleased to announce that a consortium of Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust members have acquired ex-City of Southampton AEC Regent V number 394 - KOW 902F for further preservation. This vehicle dates from 1967 and has Neepsend 70 seater bodywork. It is from the very last batch of traditional rear platform buses that was delivered to the City’s Transport Department and was operated until 1981.

Number 394 was originally preserved, but has spent the last few years in the ownership of Halifax-based Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, which ceased trading earlier this year. The bus was then acquired by Jonathan Jones-Pratt, the owner of Crosville Vintage and himself a dedicated vintage transport enthusiast, who had recognised the importance of the Regent.


Trust members, who were aware that number 394’s future might be in doubt following Yorkshire Heritage’s closure, were pleased that the Regent had been saved by Crosville Vintage and were delighted when, following discussions, Jonathan Jones-Pratt kindly agreed that they might purchase the bus for ongoing preservation.

Jonathan Jones-Pratt said: We purchased KOW 902F after the sad news of the demise of Yorkshire Heritage, a different vehicle for our collection but one that quite rightly needed protecting. I was approached by the Group of whom expressed their interest in the bus and we have made the ownership change happen. Whilst our ownership has been short we have helped protect her from going aboard or worse still being modified and now she can have a good home well I know she will be loved and enjoyed.

As a keen enthusiast I am very pleased and I can honestly say this has worked out so well for the bus, the group have been lovely to deal with and it's nice to see that Crosville has helped this important legacy and kept the vintage dream alive in Southampton!

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust is planning that number 394’s first public appearance will be on Sunday 15th September at Bursledon Brickworks Museum as part of the Southampton Transport Anniversaries Weekend.


Monday 26th August

Anniversaries Event - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September.

Programme Booklets: We were hoping to have them available by this time. However due to a number of factors beyond our control they will be available for sale at a cost of £5 per copy on that weekend. If we are able to sell them locally the week before, we will make an announcement.
Guy Arab Trip: If you interested in participating on the Commemorative Run on the afternoon of Saturday 14th September leaving from the City Centre, please email to book a place. These tickets are limited to two per person and a total 100 passengers regardless of the number of seats on each vehicle. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis and are free of charge.

Thursday 1st August

On Wednesday 31st July, exactly 100 years since bus services commenced in Southampton, members and friends of the Trust re-enacted the first route. The event saw 3 buses depart from the City Centre and head to Winchester Road, where it originally terminated. The convoy, then stop at Aldermoor Bus Turning Circle for photos.

A weekend of events is planned for Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019 in Southampton City Centre and at Bursledon Brickworks Museum respectively to celebrate a number of anniversaries relating to Southampton Transport. More information can be found on the events section of this website.

Friday 12th April

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust are pleased to announce that it will be holding a weekend of events to celebrate a number of transport related anniversaries pertaining to the City. The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019.

The Saturday will be based in Southampton City Centre as part of the Heritage Open Days, where free bus links to SS Shieldhall, the Tram Workshop and the Bitterne Local History Society will be run.

On the Sunday, the event will be based at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum, home of S&DTHT. It is planned to have the four remaining Southampton Guy Arabs on display plus a few visiting buses of the same type. There will also be a number of free bus links to local landmarks.

S&DTHT Chairman David Hutchings said "This will be a wonderful opportunity to see for yourselves the progress made by the Trust and to see the remaining four Guy Arabs together in Southampton."

For more information regarding this event, please see the events page.

Friday 29th March

We were delighted that representatives of S&DTHT were present at the unveiling of the Institute of Transport Administration Award to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum on Thursday 28th March.

The 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute is this year (2019). To recognise this and to encourage awareness of the transport industry, the IoTA National Executive decided to instigate awards to transport heritage sites, the first of which was made to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum.

The award recognises the work that we, and the other groups on site, complete in maintaining the history of the transport industry for future generations to experience.


Monday 25th March

The Bursledon Brickworks Museum Spring Craft Fair took place on Sunday 24th March, we were only to pleased to display vehicles as part of the event.

Members of the Wessex Transport Society visited the Brickworks as well and were given a tour of our area. Also during the day 367 - BTR 367B provided free mystery tours.


Sunday 10th March

On Saturday 9th March, members of the Trust were invited for a tour of the Bluestar Depot in Eastleigh. We got to see behind the scenes of how a modern bus company works. Thanks to Andy, Ian and Alfie for hosting a interesting and informative tour.


Monday 4th March

We were only to pleased to be able to assist our friends at the Vintage Transport Group, with providing a bus for use on their free heritage bus service as part of the Indoor Transport Fair at Cosham Community Centre on Sunday 3rd March.

367 - BTR 367B was used on the service throughout the day on varies routes in the Cosham, Portsmouth and Portchester area.

Monday 28th January

The Southampton Model Railway Society Exhibition took place at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh over the weekend of Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January.

A free heritage service was provided over the weekend, 133 - TTR 167H was used both days between the show and Eastleigh and Southampton Airport Parkway Railway Stations.

Friday 18th January

Over the weekend of Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January, the Southampton Model Railway Society Exhibition is taking place at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh.


We will be providing a free heritage bus service as part of the event. The service will run from the show to both Eastleigh and Southampton Parkway Railway Station.


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