I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Eastbourne: Dennis Dominator
At one time few proud Municipal or larger operators apart from more down to earth Independents indulged in second-hand purchases, but following Deregulation money was very tight and it was a constant fight for survival as your biggest enemy might be your previously friendly big neighbour or some cheeky have-a-go newcomer with some old Leyland Nationals trying to smoke everyone out as they hoped to sell out and thus make a few bucks. But hardly anyone would have realised that this Eastbourne Borough Transport East-Lancs bodied Dennis Dominator had come all the way from Dundee having been new to Tayside Regional Transport as not only had they bought nine similar buses the same bodywork appeared on EBC's main fleet of Atlanteans. At Dundee it had been one of six similar buses but obviously that operator didn't think much of them compared to it's many Volvo Ailsa double-deckers and in truth apart from Leicester and the South Yorkshire PTA few did.