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, 10 July 2008

Israel: Where did I leave my fags?

I think if this was Britain this coach driver would have been stopped for a little word by the police concerning the huge pile of luggage items piled up on his dash. Maybe times have changed in Israel too but when I was there early in the 80's during a period of relative peace folks got on with their lives without too much fuss which was quite endearing in it's own way.


LERT said...

Well, this is no Leyland...

Leyland monopoly in the Israeli market ended in 1971, after the British had abruptly cut their contacts with the two local assemblers. Volvo entered the picture with two chassis, the more popular of the two was this B58-55 (i.e. 5.50m wheelbase), bodied by both Ha'Argaz and Merkavim.

870927 has a Merkavim type 3183 body and is a 1976 vintage B58. To its left we see another B58, this time with an updated Merkavim body, type 3212, used after 1978.

870-927 was operated at the time (early 80s) by Hametayel Haifa.

christopher said...

Thanks Lert, once more you have provided a fascinating insight into these views. Of course I knew it was a Volvo but little else, now I can call myself an expert!