During the boom years of mass tourism the Island enjoyed
many dozens of coach operators, ranging from sizable fleets
including Corkills, Downwards (Highlander), Hamills,
Manintourist and Shimmins through to the owner-driver with
one coach. Since the 1960's and largely due to the move away
from the traditional British holiday towards foreign
packages gathered momentum, the Island's coaching industry
has undergone wholescale and dramatic changes. Following
prolonged reduction which affected the number of operators
and their fleet sizes, the Summerhill based operations of
Tours (Isle of Man) emerged as the Islands premier coach
Another Iriza bodied Scania 2 (511 JMN) waits to
pick up its party at Derby Castle, Douglas. Between the
coach and public house is the terminus of the Douglas horse
tramway and Manx Electric Railway
Waiting for its party who were visitinig the town,
Irizar bodied Scania 3 (BMN 111) waits at the
Ramsey coach park.
With the former Douglas swing bridge control in the backgrouns, Berkhof bodied Scania 5 (TMN 55) negotiates the roundabout on its way to Douglas Promenades.
Berkhof bodied Volvo B10M 8 (108 JMN) is
photographed at Tours parking area on the outskirts of
Also parked at the Douglas parking area is Iriza
bodied Scania 9 (411 JMN)
In addition to full size coaches, Tours Isle of Man
operates a number of mid-size vehicles and minicoaches,
including Leicester Carriage Builders bodied Ford Iveco 21
Driver Geoff Keig steers Olympus bodied Mercedes
609D 24 (HMN 111) along Glencrutchery
Road, Douglas during the 2013 Tourist Trophy motorcycle
race period . The coach has since been withdrawn.
Also in the Tours fleet is this rare Van Hool bodied
Alternative Chassis Engineering (ACE) Puma, one of a dozen
or so built by the Huddersfield maufacturer. Although
acquired second-hand, this intetesting vehicle has spent
most of its working life on the Isle of Man and is now the
most historically significant psv still in service on the
Island. Harris Promenade, Douglas is the location.
When delivered in 2003 Turkish built BMC Probus
850 Club 33 (BMN 111C) was the first new coach for
an Island operator since 1978 (1972 if you discount
minicoaches), and appeared shortly after the Tours
(IOM) business passed to Protours. Subsequently
additons to the fleet have either been transfer from the
UK operation (Protours era) or through selective
second-hand purchases or loans (Protours era and Tours Isle
of Man fron 2012).
At Douglas Sea Terminal coach park, driver Lindsay
Wilson with Berkhof bodied MAN11.190 35 (109 JMN) wait
time before picking up a private hire party.
Wadham Stringer bodied Dennis Javelin 36
(MAN 111L) was acquired from a local taxi
operation, and is seen with driver John Webster at the wheel
on the streets at the back of Castletown on the way to the
town coach park.
Once a front line touring coach Bova Integral 68
(MAN 1110) was subsequently fitted with 2 plus 3
seating for use primarily as a schools vehicle - seen
emerging from Governors Dip, a section of road usually
reserved for motorcycle racing during the TT and Manx
Grand Prix periods but temporarily opened to normal traffic
due to highway works.
At Laxey Mines Road coach park, opposite Ham
& Egg Terrace, Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger school
bus 70 (DMN 111U) carries the all yellow livery.
Subsequently withdrawn, the vehicle has been replaced by a
more modern Volvo.
Pulling away from the Harris Promenade, Douglas coach
waiting area is long serving Wadham Stringer bodied Leyland
Tiger 71 (EMN 111U), which had previously served with
the Ministry of Defence.
Leicester Carriage Builders bodied Ford Iveco
minicoach 2L (EMN 2L) is captured at the Laxey
coach park. To the left of the vehicle, further up the
valley is the Lady Isaballa, the famous Laxey Wheel, the
largest water wheel in the world, constructed in 1854 to
drive pumps to remove water from the mine workings.
Complete with lettering for Tours Private Hire Self
Drive service, Mellor bodied Ford Iveco
6L (CMN 6L) waits at the Harris Promenade
coach parking area.
A vintage fleet comprising two Duple Vista bodied
Bedford OB's, evoking memories of the 1950's, a Plaxton
bodied Bedford VAL remiding people of who things were in the
1960's and a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow car add interest to
the fleet and are very popular as wedding transport and
other private hires. One of the OB's, 1950 MN, makes its way
along Parsonage Road, Ramsey with driver John Brew at the
Line up of coaches in the yard behind the company's Ballasalla base, comprising since withdrawn Irizar bodied Scania 7 (111 JMN), Wadham Stringer bodied Leyland Tiger 71 (EMN 111U) and the second vintage Duple bodied Bedford OB, 1949 MN.