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

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Blackpool: Towering over them all

Blackpool has always been a great places for seeing coaches and when it's warm and sunny with trams and the many other seaside attractions too it's a great day out. Parked up one Sunday probably in 1996 were two coaches that had travelled in opposite directions. A337 HNX was a Plaxton Paramount bodied Ford that started life with the West Midlands Police and had found it's way to the well know Stott of Oldham. Whilst travelling the other way as far as Stoke on Trent in North Staffordshire from Manchester was 1978 ANA 8T another Plaxton coach but this time with Supreme bodywork owned by Knotty an enthusiastic operator the AEC marque including this 6U3ZR Reliance that was new to Greater Manchester Transport who bought Nos.5-9 for their recently acquired Godfrey Abbott subsidiary. Maybe they had been ordered prior to the takeover as GMT was well wedded to the Leyland Leopard by this time.

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