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

Monday, 18 February 2008

Wallace Arnold: Ford R1114 Plaxton

Although the large quality Independent coach operators like their Company counterparts tended to shun lightweight models prefering the more durable quality marques like AEC, Leyland and Volvo there was still often a place for a few of those less sophisticated lightweight Bedfords or Fords for the easier jobs. Probably these were leased for a couple of years and returned which mean't that the fleet age profile could always remain low and at the same time saving on financial outlay. Typical work for these coaches was local day trips, schools and the occasional foray on to the Motorway at weekends. Not far from the Leeds headquaters on the outskirts of Bradford was Ford LUA 266V in the severe winter of 1981-2.

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