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, 20 December 2007

Number Seven Bus Driver take me to Paradise!

Well Jennycliff magnificently overlooking Plymouth Harbour from across the bay is not quite Paradise but almost. But whose complaining most cross town bus services in our cities go from one grey housing estate to another or to maybe one of those misnamed Industrial Parks or almost as bad some nondescript shopping centre. At Plymouth on the other hand not only is their stunning countryside on every doorstep it is almost wild. Many people knock the First Group's Barbi livery because it is rather dull, but whether this is a quality or weakness I'm not too certain but one doesn't seem to notice it after a while. It certainly fit's in well with the soft stone and green colours of the South West looking very much at home, but it should look okay here for it is not so different from that employed by Western National following Deregulation, one of the important Founding Father's of Badgerline who eventually evolved into First when it joined up with Grampian. Not surprisingly as this is First Group's least profitable operating area there are no shortage of second-hand buses being cascaded down from the North like this Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart with it's Yorkshire Registration S337 TJX making me think of the old Halifax numbers.

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