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

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Bournemouth:Open Toppers

Tradition had it that seaside operators converted their oldest buses to open-top to work the short Summer Season. But with new lightweight metal bodies in the Sixties it became feasable to do away with the old crash-gearbox half-cabs and employ modern buses fitted with detachable roofs. In reality though these were not always re-fitted in winter as out-of-season there was not enough work for these buses anyway. Of course it was something of a tragedy as the old semi-retired relics of the past were usually the most interesting buses in the fleet. Stragely enough though examples of buses like Southdown's Queen Mary's and these detachable roofed Daimler Fleetline's seen in in Bournemouth in 1992 enjoyed long lives as not only were they still good enough to go along the prom they could be used for driver training and tree-lopping and well paid work like providing elevated viewing platforms at race meetings etc...

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