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, 2 August 2007

Southend: How quickly times change

When I was a child growing up in the Fifties and Sixties as far as buses were concerned everything more or less stayed the same. But after Deregulation change was rapid and now I'm so glad that I managed to visit so many places during the Nineties with a colour film in my camera. One of these visits was to Southend one glorious Summer day where not only did the seaside town, like Bournemouth still operate a fleet of smartly turned out Daimler Fleetlines it delighted enthusiasts by doing the same for the London Routemaster. In it's latter years London Transport seemed to have a love-hate-relationship with these buses for even though the public loved them they wanted to replace them with something more modern to speed up OPO and to offer something more practical for disabled passengers. However Britain's Provincial operators knew a good bus when they saw one.

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