Website designed by Steven Wood Eastbourne-Classicbus 2010
24th May 2015
for Eastbourne running day
Report on 2013 Running Day
The 2013 Running Day took place on Sunday 14th July and commemorated 110 years of
Eastbourne buses. A line-up of 5 Eastbourne buses was assembled at the Station from
12 midday that spanned 66 years of Eastbourne buses from a 1936 Leyland TD4 to a
2002 DAF Cadet, painted in a special livery to mark the 110 year anniversary and
currently in the Stagecoach fleet.
Two Eastbourne vehicles were not included in the line-up since they were required
in service on the 6 seafront route. As well as the Cadet, Stagecoach also provided
ex Eastbourne Leyland Titan 82 (DHC782E) for service and this was also featured in
the display. Unfortunately the 1950 East Lancs bodied AEC Regal no 11 (AHC411) was
unfit and therefore unable to attend.
Stagecoach has recently registered a heritage service that operates with the Titan
no 82 during the summer season and therefore in order to release 82 for the running
day, their East Kent Regent V was drafted in for the day to substitute for 82 and
could be seen operating heritage service 110 along the seafront.
The Beachy Head and Birling Gap services proved very popular and were operated by
a mixture of single deck, double deck and Open-Top vehicles with a 15 minute frequency
during ‘peak’ periods.
There were a couple of vehicles that experienced mechanical problems and had to retire
during the course of the day but most of the timetable services were operated.
The enthusiasts’ stalls were located on the concourse of Eastbourne station and also
the Miniature Steam Railway.
Thanks go to the following for their assistance and support for the 2012 event:
Graham Thrower at Southern Railways
Rachel, Mike, Cheryl and Luke Wadey of the EMSR park
The marshals Mick Isaacs, Roy Meller, Roger Miller, Robin Jones, Colin Rivers and
Vivian, Ron, Les and Terry for working the CBR stand
I’d also like to thank our sponsors Brewers and Caffyns for their enthusiastic support
for the event. Special thanks go to Paul Southgate Managing Director (Stagecoach
South East) and David Rouse (Assistant Operations Manager at Eastbourne) for sponsoring
the event and providing vehicles.
And finally, a big thank you to the owners and drivers of the vehicles for making
them available for the day.