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, 16 August 2007

You can chop a tree down but you cannot kill Standerwick

Once up on a time smart Ribble and Standerwick Coaches used to gather in the Coliseum Bus Station in Blackpool along with other local great local names like North Western and Lancashire United to yield their fleet numbers and impress their newness to young enthusiasts like myself. But the Coliseum too is now sadly a memory as is the old railway line that now serves as a temporary looking Coach Station as nobody cares much these days about pleasing budget coach passengers. Under the ownership of the NBC many of the old BET and THC bus companies kept their former titles at least but the great names of coaching quickly disappeared as with little regard for tradition and employee pride they were bundled together to form the faceless dreary whitewashed fleet of the original National holidays and National Express Coaches. A little reminder of Standerwick was the inspiration behind my taking of this line-up of coaches which still in the Eighties as before came down from Scotland and The North East and over the Pennines from Yorkshire.

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