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, 14 May 2009

PMT Foden at Newcastle

From 1959 PMT ran an old Massey bodied half-cab Foden PVDG6 it acquired with the business of W.S Rowbotham on it's old run the steep route up local landmark Mow Cop from it's base at Biddulph Garage. That bus dating from 1952 was No.H812 and many years later in 1978 PMT acquired a brand new Foden as the Potteries with it's hilly demanding operating territory was deemed an ideal area to test the durability of some current designs alongside the tried and tested. An Alexander bodied Dennis No.700 was also set to work in the area but this Northern Counties bus No.900 is the best remembered. I think efforts were made to preserve it which would have been worthwhile as only eight of these trial buses were built as the local truck maker from nearby Sandbach tried to re-enter the Leyland Group dominated bus market at the end of the Seventies.

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