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, 21 November 2007

OK Motor Services: Leyland Royal Tiger

Ok Motor Services was probably the best known and most loved Independent in North East England. Photographed against the sun at the Headquarters and principal Depot at North Bondgate, Bishop Auckland in about 1980, but definately worth a photograph was EJR 791 an elderly Leyland Royal Tiger that was new to Hunter of Seaton Delaval but which had been rebodied in the mid-Sixties by Plaxton and which was quite unusual at the time. In the background is a former Burnley and Pendle East-Lancs bodied Tiger Cub of 1963.


busing said...

I presume that tank on its top is an experiment in gas power :-)

Seriously though, this picture is a real treat as it reflects possibly the zenith in UK coach bodywork.

christopher said...

Yes when one compares the the other products on the market at the time the Plaxton Panorama especially the slightly later 'Elite' set new standards with its clean lines. Harrington although extremely elegant was very conservative and Duple was a bit too flashy and gimmiky but Plaxton seemed to get the balance and proportions just right and even today the coaches look quite acceptable and tidy.