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, 14 June 2007

Kelvin's Olympian Coaches

In Britain double-deck coaches for express services were all the rage in the Eighties and Leyland also took a share of this market when it extended the wheelbase of it's Olympian bus and gave it a more stylish and comfortable ECW body for the NBC Operators with commuter services working into London who no doubt welcomed the extra seating capacity. Following deregulation and Privatisation of the NBC Companies there seemed to be a sharp decline in coach work as the new owners lost interest in it and concentrated their efforts on the highly competitive but potentially more lucrative stage carriage market. However many of the redundant vehicles were not sold off but were moved instead around the country where they started doing similar work but looking very different in the colours of new operators within the same group. This 'First' Kelvin example seen in Glasgow came from Eastern National who ran coaches in competition with Southend Transport into London along the A12 corridor.

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