Southdown Fleet History Part 36 (1969)


Part 36 of our detailed Fleet History, in the usual A5 format, is now available. Following the acquisition of the Brighton Hove & District fleet on 1/1/69 (covered in parts 34 and 35 of the series) this booklet deals with the other vehicles taken into the fleet in 1969. In this part we revert to the usual styling with some detail about the period and of the affairs of the company, followed by descriptions of the sixtythree new vehicles added to the Southdown fleet during 1969. The new intake was made up of twenty o-m-o saloons, thirty dual-purpose vehicles and thirteen o-m-o double-decks with rear engines, the first in the fleet. All the latter vehicles were in the BH&D red/cream livery which was initially retained by Southdown. These vehicles were off-set by seventy-three buses and coaches that left the operational fleet. As usual there are summaries of the company’s premises and of the complete fleet at the end of the previous year (31/12/68), both by chassis and by bodywork, while a separate table lists the buses and coaches that left the fleet during 1969. The colour cover has one colour photograph on the front and two on the rear and there is a four-page centre section with eight black & white photographs within a total of 64 pages (including covers).