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

Friday, 13 July 2007

Once this Lancashire was Lancashire United

Many of us have fond memories of Lancashire United Transport but even though it could proudly boast that this big operator was once the second largest Independent bus operator in Britain after West Riding in Yorkshire, squeezed between the vast empires of Ribble to the North and Crosville to the South it seemed to have no real operational heart sharing most of it's patch with the local Municipal Operators such as Salford, Wigan, Leigh, St.Helens and Bolton. Working many longish trunk routes probably the best way to visit it's patch was to explore the ribbon of small towns either side of the East Lands Road which runs between Manchester and Liverpool. In the days when it ran trolleybuses it's was known as South Lancashire but South West Lancashire might have been more apt. Not far from Farnworth was where I spotted this rarity, one of three Dennis Falcon double-deckers supplied to the Greater Manchester PTE who absorbed LUT in 1976 and who allocated them to the former main depot at Atherton. One didn't often see these Northern Counties bodied buses on the road as the crews didn't like driving them.

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