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, 5 January 2008

County Link: Loughborough

Once these not too ugly shelters of concrete blocks and glass were fairly typical of early Post-War bus stations like Dudley or here at Loughborough in the East Midlands which was a 'Border Town' between Midland Red, Trent, Barton and the strange looking dark blue and red buses of South Notts of Gotham. By the Eighties with the coming of Deregulation new private bus operators would appear too to blur these old traditional bounderies like the green and cream County Travel who traded as County Link. Even though it was established as long ago as 1960 the concern grew after it aquired the licences of Tourmaster Coaches from local dealer Alf Moseley in 1987 which included the bus services of three local bus operators including the best known G Howlett of Quorn. County became a familiar sight around the Leicester area and had a penchant for Daimler Fleetlines but as can be seen here there were some even more interesting buses tried first like this MCW Metropolitian that used to be MD 3 with London Transport.

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