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Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of six stamps showcasing a selection of buses in public service on the Island from the period of nationalisation in 1976 to the present day.

This latest collection is the fourth in our series completing the 'All Aboard Please!' issues of 1999, 2015 and 2019.

Once more the images are specially commissioned from renowned motorsport and transport artist Peter Hearsey, while local historian and author Richard Davis provides expert commentary.

The set features Manx buses from both the Douglas Corporation and Road Services fleets from the 1950s through to nationalisation in 1976 when the two fleets were amalgamated under government control as Isle of Man National Transport.

The Stamps

Leyland Leopard 1979/80 (Ex-Ribble)
Among the large number of second-hand buses to enter the Isle of Man fleet were ten former Ribble Motor Services Leyland Leopards. In this image one of the Leopards is shown repainted in its National Transport livery though some initially ran in Ribble colours for a time.

Leyland Atlantean 1982 (Ex-Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive)
By far the most prolific of the second-hand vehicle types was the Leyland Atlantean with batches arriving from Merseyside, Tyne & Wear, Greater Manchester and Portsmouth. This image shows an example originally from Merseyside, still carrying MPTE livery.

Leyland Lynx 1988 (Leyland Bus demonstrator)
One of the last buses from famous British manufacturer Leyland Bus was the Leyland Lynx. The Isle of Man bought two new models in 1990 followed by nine second-hand examples from Halton Borough Transport in 1997/8. The example depicted was a demonstrator on loan from Leyland Motors and temporarily given Manx registration BMN 88G.

DAF DB250 (VDL DB250) 2001-2005 (New to Bus Vannin)
New vehicle purchases took a significant step with the advent of DAF/VDL DB250 double deckers. Several batches arrived between 2001 and 2005 with early examples wearing red and cream livery.

Volvo B9TL 2009 (New to Bus Vannin)
Volvo B9TLs arrived in 2009 and though they carried a livery similar to the East Yorkshire fleet, they were in fact new to the Island’s Bus Vannin operation. Later examples of Volvo double deckers acquired by Bus Vannin wear the silver/grey livery.

Wrightbus StreetDeck 2020 (New to Bus Vannin)
Among the latest buses to enter the Bus Vannin fleet have been Wrightbus StreetDeck vehicles, new in 2020 and featuring the now familiar silver/grey livery.

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