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

Northern Bus

In each of our major cities it seemed Deregulation spawned at least one memorable Independent operator whose interesting fleet and strong presence will not be forgotten by the enthusiasts. Sheffied had it's fair share of new arrivals but top of the pile must be the wonderful Northern Bus who somehow managed to make everything look good in it's bold, and forgive me with what I might christen a midnight-blue, creamy-yellow and red livery. Bristol ECW buses that could almost have come from Western National carried that operators sort of traditional pressed metal fleet numbers plates like this one 2205 which suggested a member of a very large fleet indeed. But even though Northern Bus was not tiny it's fleet that might have contained betwen 50-100 buses hardly merited such huge digits. Yes it had interesting vehicles too as these rebodied former ECW Green Line Leyland Tiger Coaches were mostly to be found with Midland Red North but somehow this example from the same batch escaped to South Yorkshire and looked quite different to it's sister that were also fitted with new East-Lancs bodies and mostly operating in Stafford.

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