This highly nostalgic DVD visits Amberley Museum in West Sussex to explore its collection of elderly former Southdown buses. Being the day of the ‘Spring Bus Show’ there are lots of visitors to enjoy, plus bus rides on a 1930 Tilling-Stevens B10A2 ‘Express’, a 100 year old Leyland N open-top double-decker and 813 (UF 4813), and a 1929 Leyland TD1 with a Brush 51-seat open-top body.
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On 30th April 2023 the independent transport videos cameras made their third visit to the superb Amberley Museum in West Sussex. With good spring weather we were able to catch up with the collection of elderly former Southdown buses that live at this museum that has been transformed into the countryside of yesteryear giving complete escapism from the modern world. The Museum is set in a disused chalk pit and has developed over the years to create a bygone era, with buildings, long lost crafts, a small railway, a fire station, country garage and of course a Southdown bus garage from the 1930s and on this occasion our cameras have captured the atmosphere for you to enjoy.
Being the ‘Spring Bus Show’ the resident Southdown buses were joined by a number of more modern buses and coaches, that were on display and also in service for the visitors to enjoy. We can see how bus design has developed from the 100-year-old Leyland N double-decker to a modern Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC double-decker that had arrived from Stagecoach South for the day, this being 10945 (SN18 KNJ). Some of the other visiting vehicles included former East Kent 1937 Leyland TS8 single-decker JG 9938, former London Transport RTW185 (KLB 915), PPH 698, a 1951 Bedford SB in the livery of Epsom Coaches, former Maidstone & District Leyland Titan PD2 DH400 (NKT 896) and former Southampton Corporation 353 (373 FCR), a 1963 AEC Regent V with an East Lancs body just to name a few. You will have to watch the DVD to see the other vehicles attending!
Our cameras have sampled rides on the older buses for you to experience. These rides included Southdown 1205 (UF 6805), a 1930 Tilling-Stevens B10A2 ‘Express’ which has a Short Bros. body seating 31 passengers. Former Southdown 125 (CD 5125) is a Leyland N open-top double-decker also with a body built by Short Bros. and seating 51 passengers. This bus in its present format is 100 years old in 2023. Our final ride is onboard 813 (UF 4813), a 1929 Leyland TD1 with a Brush 51-seat open-top body. This bus has recently been acquired by the Southdown Omnibus Trust based at Amberley having recently been sold by Stagecoach from their heritage bus fleet. Our filming takes place at many locations around the museum site bringing a bygone age back to life. Most of the visiting buses that have been on display during the day are filmed as they leave the site at the end of a most enjoyable day.