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

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Cardiff Bus Station: Western Welsh 614

Before the advent of the so-called BET Federation same-at-both-ends single-decker operators who bought the latest newly permitted 36th long buses in the Winter of 1962-63 had them fitted with this stretched version of the current shorter bus. I don't know whether it's just that they date from those early exciting days as a spotter and enthusiast but for me they have remained an elegant classic. They certainly looked long as can be seen from this view of Western Welsh No.614 a Willowbrook bodied Leyland Leopard departing from the busy Cardiff Bus Station for Barry, one of eighteen of these buses in the fleet. In the background is another once familiar sight down here a Neath and Cardiff express coach on their regular Cardiff-Bridgend-Port Talbot-Neath-Swansea service. Brown Bombers as they were affectionately known this was one of seven Harrington Cavaliers in this predominantly AEC Reliance based fleet.


Anonymous said...

I would have worked on this one. I was an apprentice at Barry depot & then a fitter at Penarth Rd depot in Cardiff.

christopher said...

Yes I liked WW. That first early morning in Cardiff I caught a bus to Barry and the yard was full to the brim with single-decks and I got back to Cardiff again for the latter half of the morning rush-hour. On the second night-time visit to Cardiff they offered to let me sleep on one of the buses in Penarth Road Depot, I chose AEC Regent 680 because it had a long bench seat downstairs at the back. The adventures I had in those days! Okay I was mostly taking numbers and bus photos but what do teenagers do today with their free time...