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, 2 February 2009

Preston Leyland Atlantean

It seems as though yet another of the few remaining former Municipal operators has finally fallen, this time Preston to it's old adversary Stagecoach who have done much to make sure it was not making decent profits in recent times. Not surprisingly like Ribble who also had it's headquarters in the town this operator was traditionally a very Leyland Motors stronghold. The town built up a large fleet of Atlanteans with either East-Lancs or like this example Alexander bodywork. Their numbers ran from 101 to 177 and No.102 must have dated from 1975 or 1976. At least for the time being it would appeal Stagecoach intends to keep the depot at Deepdale Road.

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