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

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Bournemouth: Open Top Fleetlines like Durham

Bournemouth had been operating open-top Daimler Fleetlines since 1965 when ten examples arrived with removable roofs for the summer. The first batch with Metro-Cammell bodies fitted with Alexander looking front ends ran till 1976 when they were replaced by similar buses but this time bodied by Alexander itself. So even though in 1992 Bournemouth No.187 was still working the town's open-top services it was in fact no longer owned by Yellow Buses but a private heritage company who had perfectly restored it to it's striking original yellow and maroon livery with green lining out. This can be compared to the then current Bournemouth yellow and light blue look on the newer generation of bus in the background. One of the nicest things I remember about Nos 180-189 was that they bore the name of English Counties and No.183 bore my home of Staffordshire and 180 my families county of Lancashire.

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