Marking the 70th Anniversary of the withdrawal from service on 31st October 1947 of the last open staircase AEC Regent.
Come and take your seat for a very special, never to be repeated ride on board an 87-year old petrol-engine powered AEC Regent through the streets of Brighton & Hove.
The bus is superbly turned out in Thomas Tilling Ltd livery in the style carried by this type of bus when operated in both London and Brighton during the 1930s.
Seventy years on, almost to the day, this special event was held in Brighton on Saturday 28th October 2017, organised by Geoff Smith and Brian Jackson with invited guests.
Beginning our journey at Patcham Fountain, we follow the original 1930 routes as far as possible to the former Old Steine tram and trolleybus terminus. We then continue to Southwick Green and return to Brighton railway station via Portslade and Hove railway stations.
Our journey continues via the famous Clock Tower, through Old Steine and along the sea front to Whitehawk bus garage. Our Regent travels through the garage, built to accommodate this type of bus, offering an interesting comparison with the modern buses.
From Whitehawk bus garage we ride back via Marine Parade to Old Steine where our journey ends.
We would like to say thank you to everyone concerned, especially the London Bus Museum and their drivers, for organising this superb day out on this beautiful “old lady” of the road. So take your seat – front nearside lower deck – for a ride back into the past.
Produced by Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 98 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - December 2017