Isle of Man Road Services No 97 – 697 HMN

Isle of Man Road Services 697 HMN © Peter KilleyWent up to the Jurby Transport Museum on Sunday (16/10/11) to have a look at the stock of vintage transport that are on show, I have to say that the guys up there are doing a fantastic job in maintaining our heritage for all to see.

697 HMN was one of three Leyland Leopard buses built in April 1967 for Isle of Man Road Services Ltd. Originally fitted with 41 coach seats, it entered service on 13 June and completed its public service on the 8th February 1986.

This bus has been restored to an absolute pristine condition and I would recommend a trip up to Jurby to see all the fantastic exhibits.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 18mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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  1. Eleanor

    They have certainly done a beautiful job on this one. How long has the museum been open? Any chance of some more pictures? Louisa and Michael are both fans of old buses…

  2. Peter_Killey

    Hi Eleanor of course I will add some more, leave it with me, I also think this museum has been open for about 6 months or so 🙂

    • Ian Fisher

      Hello Peter, the museum was actually opened around Easter 2010. I visited in August 2010, and was amazed to see how much had been achieved in a very short time. The building was almost bursting at the seams with a wide variety of transport items. Busses were the main feature of the display, but the Ramsey pier railway and Douglas horse trams were also represented. A very worthwhile addition to the Manx transport scene.

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