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, 6 November 2008

North Birmingham Busways

Birmingham is one city that couldn't be associated with the Leyland Atlantean as even though the Corporation tried a small batch of ten in the Sixties before placing orders for the Daimler Fleetline, and Standerwick Gay Hostesses passed through too, it was left to the sadly missed Independent North Birmingham Busways who operated about ten on routes out towards Sutton Coldfield to offer them a distinguished swan-song in their final days many years later. They snapped up well built and well maintained Northern Counties bodied examples from Greater Manchester plus other equally attractive examples with NBC-style Park Royal bodywork that started life with City of Plymouth. However these later AN68 buses of the Seventies and Early-Eighties were a far cry from the troublesome early PDR's of the Fifties and Sixties that people still moan about. Indeed many concerns that took well-tried AN68 Atlanteans preferred them to the new fangled Olympian which like the early Atlantean was also a flawed bus.

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