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Andrew Lidinson
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Details: The last photo today is one of our occasional forays into the scene beyond London. Photographed in Newport Bus Station on the Isle of Wight on 21st April 2021 was Iveco Daily truck EY57EJK of Southern Vectis. This is one of relatively few bus companies not to have seen a change of name in the deregulation and privatisation era, although it is now owned by the Go-Ahead group. Ironically its name derives from an earlier period of corporate ownership. Originally known as the Vectis Bus Company (Vectis being the Roman name for the Island), it was bought by the Southern Railway in 1929 and renamed to Southern Vectis. The Iveco Daily type is notable for being a fairly common sight in the UK but being very rare as a service vehicle in London. Apart from a couple in the central fleet and a few with Sovereign Recovery, the only known example was a single van with SM Travel of Harlow.

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