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, 9 June 2008

East Kent to Dover

As can be witnessed from the girls looking nice in their shorts Britain was obviously enjoying another warm spell when I shot this busy view in London's Victoria Coach Station. Although the National Bus Company wanted to standardise, for the first few years at least the various operator's such as East Kent who had been staunch AEC fans were allowed to take delivery of the Reliance as opposed to the Leyland Leopard that was now the more usual choice like this Duple Dominant bodied example that to the casual observer might have been either. Traditionally even though East Kent operated over six-hundred vehicles they never carried fleet numbers as the registration-number sufficed, but by the time this view was taken in the early Eighties it's administration had been merged with it's next door neighbour Maidstone and District and consequently carried their numbered series No. 8031. This was no bad thing because by this time buses were being moved regularly between many companies and confusion would have been inevitable. Despite these strong links between M & D and East Kent both companies remained separate and unlike the white NBC coaches which both had in common it was still just as easy to tell them apart as the Maidstone operator wore NBC green whilst the Canterbury concern bore NBC red.

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