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, 28 April 2009

Reading Goldline

During the Eighties and Nineties both Reading and Southend Corporation buses were a familiar sight in Central London as they took advantage of Deregulation to operate express and commuter services once largely the province of National Bus Operators and British Rail. Reading did it with some style not only adopting a smart maroon, cream and gold Gold Line livery but used modern coach seated buses and coaches like this MCW Metrobus but even ran some right across to Southend jointly with that operator.

1 comment:

Andy R said...

Thanks Christopher, for bringing back the memory of this very neat livery.

For a while, Reading Transport used a publicity shot of a Goldline Metrobus basking in a golden sunset with the battlements of the Tower of London in the background. As Reading has traditionally had a high concentration of language schools for foreign visitors, they did a roaring trade on ferrying these into London.