Southdown Motor Services was a well-known and respected bus and coach operator formed in 1915 and based in the south of England. Their vehicles were predominately Leyland in the early days, with Bristol, Daimler and Ford to enter the fleet in later years. Southdown vehicles were maintained to a very high standard, so upon disposal were very sought after by dealers for resale and often snapped up by other operators for continued use. Some were transferred within the National Bus Company, for example the Daimler Fleetlines to Crosville and East Kent, the Leyland Atlanteans to Beeline and Ribble and Hants & Dorset also took coaches. Some were used as training buses and other non-PSV use such as car transporters.This book takes a look at the buses and coaches with their new owners.
About the Author
Simon Stanford has been a bus and coach enthusiast since his days as a child accompanying his father on excursions around Sussex. Nearly 40 years later and he is still a part of the industry and enjoys sharing his memories and photographs. He also started collecting model buses and coaches in the mid-eighties when EFE produced their first Harrington coach in Southdown Livery. His collection has grown to around a thousand, most still in their boxes.