New bus added to fleet at Amberley Museum

Side on with the VR - taken by Ruth Tyrrell SUS-150624-113232001

Side on with the VR - taken by Ruth Tyrrell SUS-150624-113232001

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Known as 481, this delightfully well preserved Bristol RE was one of ten to be bought new by Southdown in October 1970.

Privately owned locally it recently came up for sale and is now joint owned by two Museum volunteers with a view to it going into regular service within the Museum, as soon as the volunteer drivers have received training!

It allows the Bristol VR, generously sponsored by Dark Star Brewery, to have some time off for much needed maintenance and these will share the regular Museum service.

The Museum also houses a large collection of much older Southdown buses, mainly owned by the Southdown Omnibus Trust, which are not able to be used on a daily basis but do run for school workshops and for the Museum’s much loved bus shows.

Watch out for our big bus show in September, a regular feature in our annual events calendar, where we welcome a wide range of visiting buses.

This year it’s the final event to celebrate 100 years of the Southdown Motor Services. Amberley Museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to industrial heritage, with communications and electricity exhibition halls, working printshop, stationary engines, lime kilns and more.

Visitors can take free rides on the narrow gauge railway or historic bus. The Museum is home to a variety of traditional craftspeople, such as the wheelwrights and potters, with a café, gift shop and nature trails.

We open from March to October and hold many events ranging from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows and the ever popular Santa Specials. Full details at www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Report contributed by Amberley Museum. Picture by Ruth Tyrrell.