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“All Aboard Please!” Manx Buses Part 3

Collection Issue Date: 29th January 2019

Continuing our ‘All Aboard Please!’ series of issues of 1999 and 2015

The Isle of Man Post Office is very pleased to present this collection of six stamps to showcase a selection of the buses in service on the Isle of Man from the 1950s to the 1970s continuing our 'All Aboard Please!' series of issues of 1999 and 2015.

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.

This 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.

Issue Information

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.

Leyland Titan PD2
The first double-deckers with concealed radiators to enter the Road Services fleet were three PD2/22s in 1956. Although mechanically similar to previous PD2s acquired shortly after World War II, these differed in having lightweight bodywork and 'tin-fronts' of a style used by BMMO in the UK. All three were withdrawn from service by the mid-1970s.

AEC Regent V
Following on from the immediate post-war period, Douglas Corporation Transport continued to order additional new double-deckers from AEC (Associated Equipment Company) with four rear-entrance Regent Vs appearing in 1957. With a lightweight body and semi-automatic transmission these buses were quite lively performers.

AEC Reliance
Douglas Corporation Transport was renowned for having unusual vehicles in their fleet. For example, two AEC Reliances acquired new in 1958 were the only ones of their type to be fitted with bodywork by Mulliner, perhaps better known as luxury car body builders. The Reliances continued in service until October 1976 when DCT was amalgamated with Isle of Man Road Services.

Leyland Leopard
In 1967 IOM Road Services ventured into coaching operations with three dual-purpose Leyland Leopards. Originally painted grey and red and fitted with coach seats, they were downgraded to service bus status and adopted red and cream livery when the company gave up its coaching interests. The bus illustrated operated on the Island for 19 years and was the last bus in the fleet with a manual gearbox.

Leyland National
The first Leyland National in the Road Services fleet appeared in 1974. At 11.3 metres long and with a turbo-charged rear engine and integral construction, it was a radical departure from anything seen previously. Six further examples followed in 1975 and another seven in 1976, becoming the last buses delivered to IOM Road Services. The first one, MN 9514, was subsequently re-registered MAN 14A to match similar vehicles in the fleet.

Bedford YRQ
The final bus acquired by Douglas Corporation Transport was a Bedford YRQ which entered the fleet in 1975 and was therefore just a year old when the Douglas undertaking was amalgamated and nationalised. All the surviving yellow buses that continued in service were quickly repainted into National Transport red and white though, like the Bedford shown here, many were little-used before being sold to UK buyers.

The images for this wonderful issue have been specially commissioned from renowned motorsport and transport artist Peter Hearsey, while local historian and author Richard Davis provides expert commentary.

RICHARD DAVIS
Richard was born in Douglas in 1946 and still lives on the Island. Retired after 30 years' service in the Isle of Man Constabulary, Richard is a well-known author and historian having published seven books relating to the Island's history and buses: Buses of the Isle of Man 1945 – the Present Day, Douglas Corporation Transport Buses – Centenary Edition, Isle of Man Road Services Buses and four volumes of Those Were the Days. When not researching or writing books, Richard spends time restoring and displaying his vintage buses at transport events in the UK and Ireland.

(Photo: Paul Waplington, Marilyn Southorn )

PETER HEARSEY
Peter was born in London where, after leaving art school, he worked in advertising for several years before moving to the Island in 1977. He is an elected member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society in the USA and his paintings and etchings of historic motor racing scenes are collected worldwide. Since working on the first "All Aboard Please!" stamp issue in 1999 he has produced the artwork for various other stamp issues and has enjoyed working with Richard Davies on this latest set.

Technical Information

Illustrations Peter Hearsey
Design EJC Design
Text Richard Davis
Printer Lowe Martin
Stamp Size 40 x 26mm
Colours 4 plus varnish
Process Offset lithography
Perforations 13 per 2cms
Paper 110gms PVA gummed
No of Stamps 6
Format Sheets of 20
Issue Date 29th January 2019

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'All Aboard Please!' Manx Buses Part Three Set and Sheet Set
'All Aboard Please!' Manx Buses Part Three Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: XA31
Product Issue Date: 29th January 2019

The island's rich transport heritage is highlighted in this beautiful set of six stamps, designed by world renowned automotive history artist Peter Hearsey.


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All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Three Presentation Pack
All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Three Presentation Pack

Product Code: XA41
Product Issue Date: 29th January 2019

The colourful set of six stamps from the 'All Aboard Please!' Manx Buses Part Three collection are presented on a black mount which safely holds the mint set of stamps in this four-sided mini-folder.


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All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Three First Day Cover
All Aboard Please! Manx Buses Part Three First Day Cover

Product Code: XA91
Product Issue Date: 29th January 2019

This beautiful set of six stamps specially commissioned from Isle of Man artist Peter Hearsey are presented on this highly collectable Isle of Man First Day Cover.


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