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CDL 899
A Sixtieth Birthday Celebration

CDL899 is a very remarkable survivor.  A Bristol K5G with 56 seat bodywork by Eastern Coachworks built in 1939, she remains on the Isle of Wight with her original owner and operator, Southern Vectis, sixty years and 775,000 miles later.

Originally a “highbridge” double decker, and used predominantly on Ryde - Newport - Cowes services conveying shipyard workers. The bus was converted to open top form in 1959 for seasonal operation in the Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor area.  For many years she was the regular bus on service 44 between Sandown Zoo and Shanklin Esplanade, and then for a period in the early 1980’s worked a scenic circular route from Ryde, but in recent years she has been used on service 42 from Yarmouth.

To commemorate her 60th anniversary, she was repainted in original pre war apple green livery, and two island tours, featured in this production, were ran in July 1999, taking in some of her former routes, and the present day open top service from Yarmouth to Alum Bay and the Needles, a route which features spectacular coastal scenery.

A special Thank You to John Woodhams and CDL 899 for making this film possible.
   
 Filmed :  1999
   
 Duration :  70 minutes (approx).
   
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
   
 Format :  DVD -R
   
 Order Ref :  D005
 

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