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

Tuesday 16 September 2008

Ellen Smith Rochdale: Black Mercedes

One of a small band of most fondly remembered coach operators of the past was the red and white coaches of Ellen Smith of Rochdale with a Leyland inspired leaping cat as it's motif. Today it still functions but as part of Rossendale Transport one of the few remaining former Municipals , it is a very different beast. Still I'm sure this Mercedes Rouru coach on tour last year must have been a most welcome sight in Plymouth as this tourist market seems to have died the death. Maybe it was partly due to the terrible Summer but I saw hardly any vehicles bringing day trippers to the city, not even a Shearings from Torquay.

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