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, 20 May 2008

Southdown Atlantean

For most of it's years under BET ownership Southdown based on the South Coast was particularly associated with Leyland buses and so when it became a part of the National Bus Company the Atlantean seemed a suitable choice. Unlike other former BET members like Ribble and Northern General who also received these attractive and greatly improved Park Royal bodied AN68's Southdown had no experience of these buses sticking wisely with the trusted front-engined Leyland PD3. Delivery started in 1974 and although a fleet of 47 buses were delivered they were after just a few years moved on to other NBC operators as by this time the Sussex based company had become wedded to Bristol double-deck products once the sole preserve of BTC 'Tilling companies like the local' Brighton and Hove District who had been merged with this it's huge neighbour.

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