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, 31 May 2007

Full Circle: Chase Coaches

Interesting Independent operators are still sadly disappearing and the latest one in my area is Chase Coaches of Burntwood who became notable in recent times for it's large fleet of elderly Leyland National Mark1 buses. It was one of many companies that expanded rapidly following deregulation in the Early Eighties and it's early fleet included Leyland Leopards. Then recently privatised the new management of Midland Red North seemed interested in selling off the company assets especially the best buses like this example and it's not surprising that Midland Red crews scoffed at not only having lost their prized two-pedel Mashall bodied dual-purpose Leopards to the competition they were still running on their routes complete with Midland Red blinds. Midland Red North now part of Arriva, that company has bought out Chase Coaches and is still operating a few of the acquired buses.

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