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, 5 May 2009

Purple Motors Bethesda

North Wales which is far less populated than South Wales with it's once heavily industrialised Valleys and is therefor not quite so renowned for it's interesting Independents. But there were still a few with similar nice fleets of second-hand buses including Purple Motors of Bethesda. You will be pleased to learn they were not painted purple as their colour was more of a maroon. Leylands and sometimes AEC were the usual choice and here in about 1983 we see a recently arrived 1975 Duple-Dominant bus bodied Leyland Leopard that had come from Safeguard of Guildford. Also there is a 1959 East-Lancs bodied Leyland Tiger Cub that came from a Municipal in this instance Lancaster via Chester, plus another Tiger Cub of 1962 with a Willowbrook dual-purpose body from the BET fleet of Trent based in Derby where it had been No.170. It is no good trying to find them today as they were yet another operator gobbled up by the big boys, in this instance Arriva.

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