‘Foreigners’ in green and cream on Portsmouth’s streets

An enthusiasts' tour to the Isle of Wight in 1990.Tthis Leyland PD3 is leaving the ferry at Fishbourne.
An enthusiasts' tour to the Isle of Wight in 1990.Tthis Leyland PD3 is leaving the ferry at Fishbourne.
The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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Southdown Motor Services has operated bus and coach services in Sussex and parts of Hampshire since 1915.

It can trace its history back to a pair of steam buses which operated between Pulborough and Worthing.

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Services to Southampton and Winchester began in 1922 although the Winchester service was truncated at Fareham in 1926.

It was a Southdown coach which was the first vehicle to enter Victoria Coach Station on March 10, 1932.

In 1946, an agreement with Portsmouth Corporation was reached, splitting mileage and receipts on a 57:43 share, Southdown being the minority. This often had the result, at the end of the year, that buses from one operator would be put onto routes of the other to balance the mileage. The driver/conductor would not change, thereby working on a ‘foreign’ vehicle.

Thanks to John Kirby of North End, Portsmouth, for all today’s pictures.