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

Friday, 4 April 2008

Laser: Duple's cutting edge

The sleek Laser was one of Duple's best coach designs and personally I much prefer the earlier generation with the chrome slatted grill like these two examples seen at Bretonside Bus Station in Plymouth during those summers not so long ago when it heaved with visiting coaches. The Laser though didn't have a long production run only being manufactured for about three or four years, and it was this unnecessary chopping and changing that cost Duple many of it's loyal customers. So the type was never that common and I was quite lucky to see two contrasting Tigers parked together like this and especially so as the Ulsterbus example was unusual in having only single headlights altering the front profile considerably. Partridge Coaches from East Anglia were a regular sight in Plymouth.

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