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, 27 November 2008
Driver Training in Warrington
When this bus was new Warrington being North of the Mersey was in Lancashire but political reshaping of boundaries meant it moved over the river to Cheshire in the Seventies. Fortunately not only did the Borough manage to retain it's real name, to this day it still has it's fleet of dark red and white buses. As well as Fleetlines typical fleet double-deckers of the Sixties were the East-Lancs bodied Leyland PD2 including this 1964 example that went on to enjoy a prolonged life as the training bus. It is seen parked near the bus station where heads a Greater Manchester former Lancashire United, Leyland Fleetline bodied by Northern Counties followed by another East Lancs bodied Corporation Bus, an AN68 Atlantean. Even though Greater Manchester had done away with the traditional much loved LUT red livery these buses still managed to look different from the rest as the GMT orange and cream was applied differently following rather more towards LUT practice.