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

Friday, 11 July 2008

Rapidly Inflating Numbers: Mayne

This looks like a familiar scene of a Mayne bus loading up for places like Clayton and Dukinfield east of Manchester as they have been doing since since 1925 when it first ran proper buses along the Ashton New Road. However since this operator finally gave in and sold the bus side of it's coach business to Stagecoach even the one's not yet repainted have flowered huge seemingly meaningless fleet numbers. I can see old drivers reminiscing over a brew or a pint about that great old Scania bus with the number 14 that rattled like hell but simply left everything else standing. But I ask you how many will remember 15381 or was it 13851? No I don't know if this bus was a belter or not but it was certainly still wearing the right colours for a change and still looked worth a photo despite the rain.

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