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Southdown Motor Services

Southdown Motor Services, from 1915 through Traditional Green & Cream to the NBC Green until buy out to Stagecoach

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The operator Southdown Motor Services, can be traced back to steam buses which operated between Pulborough and Worthing. The company was actually formed in 1915, originally to be called South Coast Motor Services. British Electric Traction took an early interest in the company, so did Thomas Tilling. The first registered office was in Middle Street, Brighton and by 1916, the garage was built in Freshfield Road. The operating area of Southdown was bounded by Eastbourne, Portsmouth and within the Sussex border otherwise.

Joint services were taken on in 1921 with Maidstone & District Motor Services Ltd and started between Brighton and Hawkhurst to become route 18, with Eastbourne and Hastings via Hailsham to become the 15. Similar joint services to Southampton and Winchester with Hants & Dorset began in 1922. Horsham was the boundary with Aldershot & District, Southdown later withdrawing its services in Haslemere leaving this aera to Aldershot & District. Southdown commenced a series of local long distance tours throughout the 1920's with the script logo being used from 1921. The company pursued a number of rival operators to consolidate business within its deemed operating area.

The National Bus Company took over a number of operators in the country in 1969, with little change at first, the corporate green and white livery not appearing until the early 1970s. Brighton, Hove & District was amalgamated within Southdown, eventually losing its Red & Cream livery. Most Crawley services were transfered to and from London Country in 1971, a newly formed organisation within the National Bus Company.

Southdown celebrated 70 years the year before deregulation, adopting "Southdown East & Mid Sussex" and "Southdown West Sussex" fleetnames, while the Brighton & Hove operations became a separate company Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, reviving the dormont Brighton, Hove & District entity.
 
Southdown Motor Services as a legal operating name still exists within Stagecoach although the true Southdown really ceased when acquired by the Stagecoach Group in August 1989.



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AB01 Dinnages Publishing

Acrylic 6x4 Photo Block

Acrylic Photo Blocks Any photograph from our library can be added. If you already know the reference code, make your order with the sample, and just...
Acrylic 6x4 Photo Block £10.00GBP

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TPC-06SMS Obsolete/Ceased Publisher

BB&TS #6: Southdown by Colin Morris

British Bus & Trolleybus Systems - Number six Southdown by Colin Morris Customers buying this book may opt for a hardback version if available at...
BB&TS #6: Southdown by Colin Morris £12.50GBP

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BTTB-DT Capital Publishing

Brightons Buses and Trams by David Toy

Brightons Trams, Trolleys & Buses by David Toy Written & compiled by the author David Toy. First published June 2015. Books bought through...
Brightons Buses and Trams by David Toy £30.00GBP

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Our Southdown Tigers and pictures of many more

Our Southdown Tigers and pictures of many more by Paul Jefford Format: Full colour paperback; A5 210x146mm portrait; 192 pages; 78 photographs,...
Our Southdown Tigers and pictures of many more £18.00GBP

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SQM-JO Obsolete/Ceased Publisher

Southdown Queen Marys Julian Osborne

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Southdown Queen Marys Julian Osborne £25.00GBP  £19.95GBP

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Southdown script lapel badge, Gold on Green

Southdown in script, lapel badge, Gold lettering on Green Size = 38mm x 25mm metal oval Maker = MBC Badge Company Produced for and on behalf of the...
Southdown script lapel badge, Gold on Green £2.50GBP

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The Southdown PD3s by Julian Osborne

The Southdown PD3s by Julian Osborne £14.95GBP  £9.95GBP

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Works Driver - Southdown from the inside

Foreword: Many books have been written about Southdown, but they have mainly covered vehicles and traffic matters. It is rare to find a book written...
Works Driver - Southdown from the inside £7.00GBP  £6.00GBP

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DPB-01 Enamel Pin Badge Southdown Leyland PD3 Queen Mary OpenTop

Enamel Pin Badge DPB-01 Southdown Motor Services 60th anniversary Leyland Titan PD3 Queen Mary Open Topper 409DCD Buy Now on our dedicated...
DPB-01 Enamel Pin Badge Southdown Leyland PD3 Queen Mary OpenTop £7.00GBP

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SMS01:003 Southdowns Pool Valley 1950

The second photographic view, & third postcard in our series, shows a conductor inspecting the destination screen of a 1400 series Leyland Tiger...
SMS01:003 Southdowns Pool Valley 1950 £0.70GBP

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SMS02:004 729 The Regency Route

Our second Line-Art postcard, & fourth card in the series, depicts a pair of Bristol VRT Eastern Coach Works bodied buses working the branded 729...
SMS02:004 729 The Regency Route £0.70GBP

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SMS03:006 40 years of Southdown PD3's 1958 - 1998

Southdown Motor Services took the first batch of Leyland Titan PD3 'Queen Mary' buses in May 1958. Through 11 successive batches, 285 were built with...
SMS03:006 40 years of Southdown PD3's 1958 - 1998 £0.70GBP

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Britbus N6006 Southdown 2005 1,200 Guy Arab IV Park Royal PUF639

Britbus N6006 Southdown 2005 1,200 Guy Arab IV Park Royal PUF 639 16 Lewes & Ringmer Produced by Britbus Catalogue # N6006 Year...
Britbus N6006 Southdown 2005 1,200 Guy Arab IV Park Royal PUF639 £32.00GBP

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Britbus AN1-01 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal

Britbus AN1-01 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal LCD 43P X16 Southsea South Parade Produced by Britbus Catalogue # AN1-01 ...
Britbus AN1-01 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal £32.00GBP  £27.50GBP

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Britbus AN1-06 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal

Britbus AN1-06 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal SCD 735N 712 Limited Stop Brighton Produced by Britbus Catalogue # AN1-06 ...
Britbus AN1-06 SMS/NBC 2007 1,008 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal £32.00GBP  £27.50GBP

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Britbus AN1-07 SMS/NBC 2008 816 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal

Britbus AN1-07 SMS/NBC 2008 816 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal PUF 132M 700 Brighton Pool Valley Limited Stop Produced by Britbus Catalogue # ...
Britbus AN1-07 SMS/NBC 2008 816 Leyland Atlantean Park Royal £32.00GBP  £27.50GBP

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SMS04:016 60 years of Southdown PD3's 1958 - 2018

Southdown Motor Services took the first batch of its 285 Leyland Titan PD3 'Queen Mary' buses in May 1958, with TCD 827 to arrive first for its...
SMS04:016 60 years of Southdown PD3's 1958 - 2018 £0.70GBP

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SECFR1923 Southdown Enthusiasts Club

Southdown Fleet & Routes 1923

Southdown Fleet & Routes 1923 £4.50GBP

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SAL-2000 Obsolete/Ceased Publisher

Scene around Littlehampton - Southdown & other buses

Scene around Littlehampton - Southdown & other buses £5.00GBP  £1.99GBP

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SECFR1939 Southdown Enthusiasts Club

Southdown Fleet & Routes 1939

Southdown Fleet & Routes 1939 Published by the Southdown Enthusiasts Club This booklet published by the Southdown Enthusiasts Club was the start...
Southdown Fleet & Routes 1939 £6.50GBP

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