Southdown, based in Brighton, was one of the most important bus operators in southern England. Formed in 1915 from an amalgamation of three earlier operators, the company became a subsidiary of BET and survived as a separate operator until all of BET's subsidiaries were nationalized as part of the National Bus Company in 1969. Even after nationalization, Southdown endeavored to retain an element of individual identity, adopting a NBC version of its traditional pale green livery (rather than either the poppy red or darker green adopted elsewhere) and, as time moves on, so nostalgia for this period of the company's history grows.Glyn Kraemer-Johnson and John Bishop, both recognized as amongst the country's leading authorities on bus operations in southeast England, carry on the Southdown story. This volume examines the history of the operator from the point in the mid-1970s through to the late 1980s when Deregulation and Privatisation resulted in the death knell of many of the most famous names in the British bus industry. The book includes a detailed story of Southdown during these years, together with a comprehensive selection of images that records the evolution of the fleet and its operations and is bound to appeal to all interested in this bus company's history.
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