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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.

 

Click here for a full list of vehicles 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 Brian French

 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.