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.
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.
Thursday 1st August
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
Monday 25th March
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.