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

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Desert Storm

Well it's not quite a British Tank charging across the desert but Leyland did build them during the war when bus production stopped. Lucky not only was I was able to visit Israel during one of it's more peaceful periods also by then getting quite elderly Leyland's still seemed to outnumber other makes except of course on prestige city and top-line work. But despite it's age and well used look this Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster was still able to turn out a good performance as it approached it's destination the Kibbutz of Neviot on the Red Sea, South of Eilat. Even though it was way back in the Early-Eighties I can still hear in my head the roar and transmission whine of TAN 89-256 creating a minor sand storm.


LERT said...

89256 was one of the first Royal Tigers built with a "modern", coach, body. The body was soon nicknamed "Camel" (Hebrew: Gam-al), thanks no doubt to its frontal looks. This specific type, built by Ha'Argaz in 1962-64, was produced in 95 copies. Other Camels were assembled to mid-1973.

This bus was in service till 1984.

christopher said...

Thanks, your background detail it helps to make the posts more interesting. These were favourites of mine as I found them very attractive especially the nicely rounded rear end, and I had an enjoyable ride on one from Tel Aviv down to Eilat sitting near the rear above the exhaust listening to it's cackle through the open windows. No it's not a coincidence that there are so many Leylands posted on my blog.