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, 2 April 2009

Ellen Smith

Two stalwarts from the mid-Sixties languish at the side of the Ellen Smith Garage at Wardlesworth near Rochdale in the early Eighties. Both are Leyland Leopards one with a Plaxton Panorama body whilst Harrington Grenadier CDK 448C lived on as a diecast EFE model for collectors. At the back are even earlier Tiger Cubs and maybe the odd AEC Reliance too from this well known thirteen vehicle fleet.


Artdesire said...

Great photo! I always love buses that are put aside and keep lingering on the premises for years sometimes. Somewhere behind the garage or at the side, often taken over by vegetation. Nice from this picture is to see how a livery is applied on different types of buses. We had these companies also in The Netherlands, with 10 up to 20 buses, but not two of them the same. Not even close.

christopher said...

Ellen Smith was a bit special. It was named after the proprietor's daughter and the coaches were rather special as the operator used Leyland's leaping cat as it motif. Even though the business was sold it lives on as it was bought by Rossendale Transport one of the few remaining UK Municipal based operators who now use a black livery.