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

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Plymouth: Look a Double-Decker!

Well it's not quite as bad as that but in the Sixties when I was in my teens Plymouth was awash with Deckers especially as the Corporation ran nothing apart from MCW-bodied Leyland Atlanteans and PD2's. Today it is quite a different story as during the school holidays one sees only their moden single-deckers. First Group still have a few including some sponsored impressive new buses on the Park-and-Ride but the other double-deckers seem to be all cast-offs from the more competitive and potentially profitable conurbations like Glasgow and Manchester. Even this Alexander-bodied Volvo Olympian is getting a bit old for the long journey to Bude, although I suspect not many passengers will travel that far. I remember one First driver quipped that Western National got all the old bangers as they could keep moving them westwards into Cornwall ready for the day when they got pushed off the cliffs at Lands End.

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