Classic British Bus Pictures

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Eastbourne Corporation ......Eastbourne Southdown ......Southdown Buses Leyland PD2 ......Leyland PD2 with Brighton Corporation Buses East Kent Road Car Company ......East Kent AEC RT & RF ......London's Classic Buses Bristol LH ......Miscellaneous London

Eastbourne Corporation

Crossley DD42/5

3 Crossleys
Eastbourne, Sussex was the first municipal operator of motor buses in the world. These 3 buses were part of a batch of 8 built in 1948 and carried Blackburn bodies. Photo taken at the Churchdale bus depot.


Crossley 32.

© Photos by John Bishop, Secretary of the East Sussex Omnibus Society. Posted with permission.

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Southdown Motor Services

A 1921 Leyland G

Southdown 135

This 1921 bus was originally number 135 in the Southdown Motor Omnibus Fleet. It was fitted with a Short Brothers body. Seen as preserved in 1977 at a rally at Ardingly, Sussex.

A 1939 Dennis Falcon FUF181

FUF 181

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.

Pool Valley, Brighton circa 1958

Pool Valley

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.

1953 Leyland PD2/12 Southdown 464

MUF 464

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.

A 1964 Leyland Titan PD3/4 976CUF

Southdown 976

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.

A 1964 Leyland Titan PD3/4 409DCD

Southdown 409

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 1975 Bristol VR GNJ578N

Southdown 976 Southdown 578 at Brighton in July 1977. These were front entrance 74 seaters. It is seen in the National Bus Company green livery.
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Brighton Corporation

Leyland PD2

FUF 181

A June 1977 view near the seaside. Brighton is a resort on the English Channel. These vehicles replaced Brighton's trolleybuses.

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East Kent Road Car Company Ltd.

Leyland Beadle

Beadle East Kent coaches were often seen running along the South Coast through Eastbourne. FFN446 was rebodied in 1951 by Beadle of Dartford, Kent from a Leyland TD5 double decker bus into this 35 seater coach. Southdown also had vehicles of this type which were produced from 1951 to 1956.
© John Bishop
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London Transport Executive

Red RT Double deckers

Green RT buses

AEC RF Regal IV Single Decker Buses

Green RF Modernized Green Line RF241. Registration MLL778 was in London Country lettering but working a Green Line 718 service in March 1974. The roof boards mounts can be seen about the side windows.
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Suburban London Transport Bristol LH

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A July 1976 view of a London Transport Bristol LH on service 247 to Brentwood in Essex.

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