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JK8418 (12)

Passing the famous carpet gardens adjacent to Eastbourne Pier in service on the 2006 running day (Photo courtesy of Dick Gilbert).

In company with Regent V 69 laying over along the seafront by the Western Lawns at the Magnificent motors event in May 2008. (Steven Wood)  

Seen heading westbound along Eastbourne Seafront closely followed by RT3435 on the Seafront Service, in August 2009.  (Steven Wood)  

Laying over at the Foot of Beachy Head, awaiting the return run to Eastbourne Station, taken at the Running Day in July 2007  (Steven Wood)

The interior of No12 is featured displaying the impressive art deco style lighting. (Steven Wood)

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JK8418 a Leyland Lion LT9 was delivered to Eastbourne in 1939.  No 12 was the second of a batch of 15 Leyland Lion LT9’s fitted with Leyland 32 seat bus bodies. Whilst all the other vehicles of the batch were requisitioned for military service within two years, No.12 remained, later becoming the last Leyland Lion in municipal service.

 

Converted from petrol to diesel in 1954, No.12 received an oil engine from an even older machine, an ex-Southdown Leyland TS7 Tiger of 1935, the engine that it still retains today.

Peter Bryden, the current owner has been associated with the vehicle since her withdrawal from service in 1967 as a founder member of the Eastbourne Lion Preservation Group.  Peter became sole owner in 1984 and the bus has become a regular attendee at rallies and events.

 

No 12 has operated in service since the start of the Eastbourne Running Days in 2006. Whilst municipal bus operation may have ceased in Eastbourne, the Lion is one of a few survivors from a bygone age when Eastbourne Corporation reigned supreme.