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, 13 November 2008
To Llandudno with Barton
Barton as an Independant was know for running a very mixed fleet but few would associate it with DAF or any other non-British manufacturer come to think of it. But towards the end in 1983-5 it bought batches of these Plaxton Paramount 3200 bodied vehicles rather than the previous choice Leylands. No doubt unlike the much loved Leopard it was obviously not so impressed with the later Tiger only taking one batch of five. The first of the 1984 DAF order No.623 is pictured halted outside the appropriately named travellers Rest on the road between Nantwich and Chester as the vehicle makes it's way to the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno on the North Wales Coast on Express Service X34 when the coach was still fairly new.