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

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Ellen Smith

Say Rochdale and many bus enthusiasts will immediately think of Yelloways with it's smart fleet of AEC Reliance coaches but this Lancashire town could boast a second much smaller quality Independent Coach Operator but this time with a strong bias towards Leyland in it's fleet of thirteen vehicles. Indeed not only did the coaches carry those gorgeous pressed-metal cat badges there was a painted leaping leopard on the sides too like this short example with the first version of the Plaxton Panorama Elite body. Unlike Yelloways the name Ellen Smith has survived as after the firm was taken over by them it became the coaching arm of Rossendale Transport, itself now one of the few remaining former Municipals not gobbled up by the big boys..

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