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
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
It's Accrington Stanley not Hyndburn
Yes many will remember the strange dark blue and red buses of Hydnburn, formerly known by it more sensible proper name Accrington till 1974. In those days the fleet was mostly Guy and Leyland but by the time it had it's new name it very much a Leyland fleet with a few Bristols too. This 1978 Leopard was a no nonsense service bus as was it's locally built East-Lancs body fitted with a flat screen and stout bumper. The company got it's unusual livery from the colours of a local army regiment who appropriately enough were called something like The Accrington Boys and who like many others got senselessly massacred in the mad carnage of the Great War of 1914-1918. The company struggled to keep up after Deregulation and by the time it was taken over by Stagecoach this once smart Lancashire operator looked a bit sorry.