Saturday, 21 December 2019

The Santa Bus campaign

Every year, Stagecoach in Eastbourne do a Santa Bus complete with decorations and a driver dressed up as Santa to raise money for charity. In it's 5th year, it is even better with more decorations, special blinds and a singing reindeer on its cab door which is really funny. The campaign is to raise money for children's charity You Raise Me Up a good cause which helps sick children and their families. The chosen bus for this year is ADL E300 27579 GX58 GKL which has also been treated to a fresh respray which it really needed.

Some of the decorations in statistics:
1200 lights inside the bus
50 teddy bears
A real Christmas Tree 
It took the driver 5 - 5.5 hours to decorate 27579

Santa has been doing the rounds on selected local routes The Loop, 1, 1A, 3 and 4 and here are my selection of photos from the past week.

I'm going to start with E300 27579 showing a Santa Bus screen and working route 3.
This is the first year the Santa Bus has displayed Santa Bus on the blind fully as demonstrated by E300 27579 GX58 GKL

Santa working route 3 after dropping off in South Street in Eastbourne Town Centre he even waited to go until I took some photos.
 27579 even spent a few days on the Loop working the Anti-Clockwise one day and the Clockwise the next day. Also included is an interior shot of my 4th Santa Bus ride taken from the back of 27579
The 2019 Santa Bus E300 27579 GX58 GKL is seen on the Anti-Clockwise Loop 

Inside decorated E300 27579 
 Santa is spending most of his time driving the 1/1A services here he is working route 1 in Eastbourne Town Centre.
Santa Bus 27579 is seen working route 1 
27579 is the 3rd E300 to be decorated in all the years of the Santa Bus joining Scania E300 28609 GN61 EVP back in 2016 and ADL E300 27574 GX58 GKE back in 2018. Hopefully he will raise loads of money for charity.