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
Monday, 12 May 2008
OK Bishop Auckland
An interesting corner of the OK Motor Services depot at Bishop Auckland with an East Lancs bodied Leyland Tiger Cub that came from Burnley and Pendle and a former Wigan Leyland PD2 with a locally built Massey body. Like Stevenson of Uttoxeter who was also the prominent Independent in it's area this County Durham based concern bought both examples of new service buses including double-deckers and heavyweight coaches but the fleet was very reliant on quality secondhand purchases often bought in batches. Stevenson's never had any former Southdown Leyland PD3 Queen Mary's but OK had several including XUF 847-9 and we can also glimpse the former 848 in this view taken at the beginning of the 80's.