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

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Leeds: Hardwick's Services

Wallace Arnold is best remembered for it's coach services especially the extended tours taking it's vehicles as far as Moscow but it did a lot more including running a few buses too under the Kippax and District, Farsley and Hardwick's name including double-deckers purchased new. In 1973 half a dozen Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopards arrived to bus grant specification but when new served as coaches on the tours programme. However by the end of the Eighties KUM 511L had no doubt put in a good few years on the more mundane duties it was originally intended for. Strangely enough it was seen far from it's Scarborough base picking up in Leeds still showing it's 'pay-on-entry' sign on what must have been a private-hire.

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