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 23 March 2009

Ashton Bus Station

Like many industrial towns in Lancashire Ashton-under-Lyne had it's own fleet of about seventy buses and trolleybuses. Indeed some thought it's blue and cream Roe bodied Leyland PD2's were some of the smartest buses in the Manchester area. Although not quite as beautiful the Leyland Atlanteans that followed like No.52 were still rather attractive but as you can see they looked as though they had seen better days by the time they were painted in the rather unsubtle orange and cream livery of Greater Manchester PTA. By about 1980 when this winter view was taken the Ashton garage formerly just across the road and that of S.H.M.D at Hyde had been closed and replaced by a new one covering this locality called Thameside hence the TE code on the front.


Martin said...

That would be "Tameside"! It's the River Tame that flows past Ashton, not the Thames!

christopher said...

Yes Martin I know and indeed the Thames starts near Cirencester. I admit though I didn't know there was a River Thame here though.