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

Thursday, 10 April 2008

The Garage Mascot: The Breakdown Bus

Like everything else in a rapidly changing world even the garage tow truck seems to be disappearing as bus companies do away with equipment and prefer to contract out their service needs. But often not only was the breakdown bus an object the mechanics could customise and call their own it could be an interesting vehicle in it's own right. This one was a real beauty and the macho looking cut-down Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster belonging to TAN could be found at Eilat on the Red Sea in Israel.


LERT said...

A trio of rare "Egged" buses.

Workshop is a Leyland Royal Tiger conversion. Original bus had a 1958 "Ha'Argaz" body, and it was converted in the early 70's, for usage in the south. Reg is 507-467.

To the right, Mercedes O302 arrivng from Jerusalem in line #444. One of 14 such buses operated from Jerusalem in 1973-1985. Reg is in the range of 666182-195.

The leftmost bus is also the rarest. A tour bus with a 1964 Ha'Argaz body (obviously on a Worldmaster), it is probably reg. # 39-480. Egged had five such buses only.

christopher said...

Thanks Lert, it's interesting to have a few facts and figures behind these old buses. I've got quite a few more buses from Israel to come.