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

Tuesday 10 March 2009

First Bus in Beersheba

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything from Israel for a while so here is a rather utilitarian looking Leyland Royal Tiger bus working in the dust and the heat of the large inland desert town of Beersheva which might be notable for it's University but I can tell you with more certainly that it had a good sized bus station too. In the early Eighties when this view was taken the sprawling First Group empire of buses and trains was still just a twinkle in some corporate accountant's eye but I'm sure this bus is wearing the budget First Group colours Barbi Bargain luxury Travel. Okay this bus looked old and might even have dated back to the late-Fifties but there were still plenty of old Leylands not much newer than this running about in the less depressing TAN red and cream they pinched from Prague Trams or Halton (LOL).


Andy R said...

Wonderful shot Christopher.

Do you have any rough idea of the year you took this, just out of interest?


Andy R said...

oops, the answer is in the original posting.

Sorry for asking a stupid question. I'll go and stand in the corner.

LERT said...

Many thanks! A really interesting one: Beer Sheba Municipality-operated, this and newer Tigers were all Ha'Argaz bodied. Though this particular one was actually bodied in late 1963, its styling dates back to 1958, and to Ha'Argaz model number 31 (this variant is probably 31/231). Chassis was probably one of the first to have been assembled in the Israeli plant of Leyland Ashdod.

This bus was made defunct in 1982.