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

Friday, 18 January 2008

Midland Red: Leyland Leopard Willowbrook

Willowbrook of Loughborough had been an important supplier of single-deck bodywork for the BET Group but with the arrival of the complete Leyland National there was a dearth of life sustaining orders in the NBC Era. After taking bus-shell dual-purpose Leyland Leopards Midland Red turned to slightly more upmarket coach based dual-purpose buses and Willowbrook managed to win a decent sized order for eighteen vehicles Nos.789-806 in 1980. 792-796 were at Cannock Garage and No.795 pictured at Rugeley wears the Poppy-Red and white livery in which they were received.

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