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© Photos by John Bishop, Secretary of the East Sussex Omnibus Society. Posted with permission.
This 1939 32 seater bus was originally number 81 in the Southdown Motor Omnibus Fleet. It ran for many years to Hayling Island. It was fitted with a Harrington body. Seen as preserved in 1969 at a rally in Sussex.
For many years Pool Valley was synonymous with Southdown Motor Services, being the Brighton terminus for most of its country services. From here buses would depart every few minutes for all parts of Sussex. 1951 built PD2/12 LUF228 Southdown 728 is seen leaving on service number 12 which ran eastwards along the coast to Eastbourne.
From the original painting by Glyn Kraemer-Johnson, Treasurer of the Eastbourne Omnibus Society. Reproduced with permission. © Glyn Kraemer-Johnson.
Southdown 464 was a 1953 Leyland PD2/12 doubledecker with Northern Counties bodywork in this scene from the Spring 1974 London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Rally. Note the rear platform doors. This bus had passed into preservation by 1974. Photographed from the approach road to Gatwick Airport.
Photographed at Brighton in July 1977. Southdown 976 was a member of the "Queen Mary" class. These were front entrance 69 seaters. It is seen in the National Bus Company green livery.
Southdown 409 was another member of the Queen Mary type. This member had been converted to open top service for use tourist use. It is seen as preserved in August 1995 at the Ardingly, Sussex historic vehicle rally.
A June 1977 view near the seaside. Brighton is a resort on the English Channel. These vehicles replaced Brighton's trolleybuses.
Red RT Double deckers
Green RT buses
|A July 1976 view of a London Transport Bristol LH on service 247 to Brentwood in Essex.|