The once famliar site of the green Southdown buses will be back on the historic Uckfield to East Grinstead route on Sunday (August 16). This photograph is taken outside the old Southdown Depot at Chelwood Gate. Picture: Peter Dann

Free vintage Southdown bus service to run from Uckfield on Sunday to link with Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway and local bus preservationists join forces for the day  on Sunday (August 16) to recreate the northern half of the old Southdown Service 92.

Along with many other events, it celebrates in a small way the 100th anniversary this summer of the incorporation of Southdown Motor Services Ltd, for many years the major bus and coach service provider in most of Sussex.

This bus route must be one of the oldest serving East Grinstead and Uckfield, having started in 1922 as the East Surrey Traction company’s Service S9 between Croydon and Uckfield and transferred in 1933 to Southdown Motor Services to become an East Grinstead to Eastbourne route, numbered 92.

Vintage bus timetable

This free service will stop at the timing points shown and additionally at East Grinstead Crown, Ashurstwood Three Crowns (A22 lay by), Wych Cross and Ringles Cross.

* = for Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway will be running its usual service of steam trains from East Grinstead station to Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park throughout the day, connecting with the buses.

Southdown Bus at Uckfield

Ex Southdown – 1976 Leyland National PCD 80R fleet number 34, owned by Paul Llewellyn of Crowborough at Uckfield bus station in April 2013. Photo: Paul Llewellyn

*Buses at Tinkers Park at Hadlow Down, pictures and report tomorrow.

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