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

Monday, 30 July 2007

Hants & Dorset: A Bristol engined Lodekka

A five-year-old Hants and Dorset Bristol Lodekka FL6B basks in the sunshine on a Sunday Afternoon in 1966. Even though it was nearly all Bristol/ECW in either red or Tilling Green and generally there was not a great deal of variety to be found amongst the Nationalised THC Company fleets, members had their individual quirks. Maybe the sunny South Coast and New Forest enjoyed more sunshine than the rest of us but H&D double-deckers often had an extension above the driver's screen to protect them from the sun's glare like No.1457.


busing said...

Interesting and timely post given that the day before Omnibuses Blog named yours as one of its Top 7 Bus Blogs.

Hants & Dorset, of course, was a little less standard than the average NBC/Tilling operator, with Ford and Bedford single deck buses and a handful of second-hand Panthers.

The Lodekka visor was a local modification.

christopher said...

Thanks for your comment. Actually I try to average over the week one post per day so it's not such a big deal, but the fact that I found you all a little gem from the Sixties is rather less of a coincidence. Yes I remember the first fivelightweight Bedford VAM14 buses with Strachan bodies but far more interesting were those heavy rebuilds with full-fronts and the old AEC's but sadly they had gone by 1967.