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

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

It's Dennis's East-Lancs bodied Dennis

It's sad to hear that what I used to call East Lancashire Coachbuilders have called in the receivers for they were one of a number of smaller concerns who traditionally built tiny batches of vehicles or even one and would try to add many customer details. Not surprisingly like similar Massey Brothers and Northern Counties also based in Lancashire they were a favourite with the smaller Municipals and more affluent Independents who could afford new buses. Sadly not many towns have their own buses these days but East Lancs could still be found on some of our favourite private family owned concerns like Mayne of Manchester and The Delane of Bourne and like this bus one of two Dennis double-deckers supplied to Dennis in 2003 shortly before he sold out to Stagecoach-Manchester. Some say the later East Lancs products were rather ugly but I rather like oddities and no doubt some of the public thought they must have come from somewhere like Spain. Let's hope the new owner continues building buses and they don't suffer the same fate as Marshall.

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