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

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Midland Red North (Chaserider)

The bus operator called Drawline who bought out former NBC companies like London and Country, and the Merseyside wing of Ribble (North Western) also owned East Lancashire Coachbuilders of Blackburn. So not surprisingly many new buses carried this bodywork especially double-deckers, but a number of redundant mid-life local express coaches from the London area were rebodied as buses thus making good economic sense and at the same time keeping the still struggling workers in the Lancashire factory busy too. These buses were delivered to Midland Red North and most of them saw service in Stafford at some time or other and No.1719 was seen in the town shortly after re-entering service in 1989 and looking almost surreal like something washed in a magic washing powder when compared to the predictable dowdy poppy-red Leyland Nationals that went before.

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