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
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
50 Years of Blackburn Buses
Sadly next year Blackburn Corporation Transport won't be able to paint one of it's buses in a 80 Years of the town's buses livery for it is another former Municipal that has sold out. I always think though that these specially painted buses in historic liveries add interest to a fleet and I think with the large faceless transport groups owning so much, it is even more important for them to show a more human side proving to the public that they enjoy being a part of the local community. In recent years East Lancashire Coachbuilders had rather a quirky hit and miss look to it's bus designs but when this Leyland Atlantean was bodied in 1979 they were still building traditional crisp looking designs that really looked good in these historic colours. This bus was photographed within about a year of entering service as the last town's 1960's Leyland PD2's with an even nicer style of East Lancs body like 1964 No.43 were soon to be withdrawn.