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, 21 February 2008
Barrow in Furness Corportation Transport
It is some years now since Barrow lost it's smart dark blue and cream Corporation Buses in favour of those Stagecoach stripes. Like most Municipal fleets single-deckers used to play only a small part in this double-decker based fleet. In 1965 there were only nine a situation that had reversed itself by 1985 when fewer passengers and almost universal one-person-operation had almost driven those bigger buses to extinction. Like many Corporations in North West Britain Barrow had traditionally been a Leyland fleet and although there were still ten Leopards like this Neepsend bodied example of 1969 and plenty of locally built Nationals, single and double-deck Daimler Fleetlines and single-deck Dennis Dominators had holed that dominance in this former stronghold. When I took this photo in about 1980 amongst the fifty buses there were still members from a batch of ten front-entrance Massey Bodied Leyland PD2's from 1961 in service, and that and the impressive crane in the shipyard in my opinion makes this slightly rough photograph still well worth posting.