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
Monday, 4 February 2008
Leeds: Lovely mover but what about the Quickstep
The First Group who bought out the West Yorkshire PTE as happened elsewhere in the Ninties suffered a lot of competition from smaller operators who undercut fares to win traffic. To counter the competition without losing face large operators set up low cost budget operations like Quickstep in Leeds. Just like the smaller operators busy eating away at their potential profits the large Yourkshire operator favoured buses like redundant Leyland National Mark1 buses such as this example which started life with another PTE on Merseyside. One of the most interesting aspects of the take-over-culture surrounding the aquisitive nature of Deregulation was the movement of buses between units and one needed to be something of an anorak to know what came from where and how. Thankfully by this time I was not particularly interested in numbers game and was able to just love em and leave em.