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

Monday, 28 July 2008

Stagecoach Stripes and First Barbi-2 too

it's surprising how over time we not only got used to those Stagecoach Stripes and indeed almost grew fond of them especially as the company always kept it's buses clean. But that admiration was not always the case for as Suter's pushy Scottish empire spread across the land like a plague it tore from our buses not just their former identities but a whole range of attractive Municipal and Company liveries including many real favourites like Southdown and Alexander Midland. Greater Manchester was lost too as the Southern and Eastern part went to Stagecoach whilst in area terms at least the far greater North and West went to the First Group. Although these former Manchester buses look the same because of their handsome Northern Counties bodywork the white bus was one of the smaller fleet of Dennis Dominators whilst the Barbi2 bus bound for Leigh was a once ubiquitous Leyland Olympian.

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