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, 27 May 2007

Blackpool: Bank Holiday Excursions

Opinions of the Tiger were often quite negative when compared to the highly popular Volvo B10M coach chassis, but the rugged and reliable Leyland Leopard on the other hand had plenty of fans. This vehicle had been in manufacture since 1959 and even though British Leyland halted production of those characteristic cat badges in 1970 a few smaller operators proudly transferred them to newer machines like this Duple bodied 1980 example belonging to John Smith and Sons. A Plaxton bodied Leopard belonging to Stevenson of Spath brings up the rear but sandwiched between them is an inauspicious looking European interloper belonging to South Yorkshire of Pontefract but who would have believed that he Bova Futura would still be in production today long after the once mighty Leyland has gone.

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