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 12 March 2009

Friday Thirteenth: Gillingham Kent

On this auspicious day, Friday Thirteenth I look through my files looking for bus mishaps and breakdowns. Today I've found you quite an interesting view of a failed Bova belonging to National London and based not too far away at the old Timpson's coach depot in Catford. The location is the large Maidstone and District garage at Gillingham. Of interest though is the breakdown vehicle for as spotters of London Transport will no doubt recall in the back of their Ian Allan ABC British Bus Fleets were pages of these service vehicle, most were rather mundane like this Ford D-Series but others in green livery for all manner of duties including gully emptying were far more historic and lurked in sheds and Underground Railway Depots. Indeed trying to spot these too was one of the reasons cited for trying to sneak around bus garages as some of them ventured out hardly more than the bevy of tantalising dusty withdrawn RT's or RTL's stored down at the back which if we didn't get them on that occasion they would be gone altogether soon.

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