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
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Happy Smiling Faces, the sun's shining and we've arrived in Blackpool
I think it was Richard who left me a message on my guestbook requesting pictures of more Lancashire Independent Coaches visiting Blackpool and especially views taken at the old Coleseum Bus Station. I only spotted your note yesterday but in the meantime I'm sure you don't dislike those people from across the Pennines enough to scorn one of their best known private operators, a survivor at least when I took this Nineties photo of the days when the Doncaster area of South Yourkshire was awash with them. As a bus enthusiast my favourite make has always been Leyland as I love those 0.680 engine sounds, the manufacturer's badges and even the glint of polished Leyland wheel-trims. A trip to Blackpool was an opportunity to record all these things and amazingly despite having been through the mill when it's good name became synonymous with the British-Leyland regime, although it could no longer produce world beating buses it's old once familar world famous image was rekindled ready for the Final Ball followed by a pronounced loss of face once it lost the engineering back up of Leyland Trucks whose plant had supplied the engines. One of Leyland's later products was it's replacement for the legendry Leopard the Tiger, and like it's predecesor usually seen with Plaxton on Duple Coachwork, but a few were bodied by Van Hool too, especially those that went to Shearings alonside it's similar looking Volvos. Leon's of Fillongley's No.127 GDZ 885 could have quite easily have once have been one of those but it wasn't as it started life just outside London with Travellers of Hounslow as B327 AHM.