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

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

New Atlanteans for Devon General

The first time I went to Torquay early in 1967 Devon General had received along with five AEC Regents a batch of six new high-gloss Leyland Atlanteans all carrying attractive Willowbrook Bodywork. Like other BET concerns who had taken large quantities of these Leyland buses when they first arrived on the scene their lack of enthusiasm was to be seen in their reluctance to order too many more preferring the solid no-frills reliability of the older designs, and indeed only another eight MCW bodied examples were to arrive in Devon General colours in 1969 before the whole BET Group became a part of the new Bristol VR loving NBC as the former State owned Bristol/ECW driven BTC sector was enlarged and modernised.

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