A 1964 Southdown Leyland PD3 bus in operation in Uckfield on Sunday.

Heritage buses come to Uckfield

A free heritage bus service ran from Uckfield bus station to East Grinstead on Sunday for the Bluebell Railway part of Southdown Centenary events.

The service was organised by David Morgan of the Bluebell Railway and he was delighted with the numbers travelling on the two buses provided, writes Paul Llewellyn.

Service 92 operated Uckfield to East Grinstead via Nutley and return, and service 122 operated Uckfield to the Pig & Butcher at Five Ash Down and return.

BUF 277C is a 1964 Southdown Leyland PD3 owned by Garth Porrell of Eastbourne. Garth used to drive this vehicle in Southdown days in Eastbourne in service.

The second vehicle was 1976 Leyland National PCD 80R owned by Paul Llewellyn of Crowborough. Paul drove this vehicle in service at Uckfield depot in Southdown days. Both vehicles had a local connection.

The next event with heritage buses will be at the Bluebell Railway on Sunday, October 4.  For full details please see www.bluebell-railway.com.

Thanks to Paul Llewellyn and Andrew French for the pictures.

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A 1976 Leyland National PCD 80R bus owned by Paul Llewellyn and pictured at Uckfield bus station.

More pictures of heritage buses here: Glorious buses celebrate Southdown centenary at Tinkers Park, Hadlow Down.

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