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

Monday, 6 July 2009

Jim Stones, a DAB hand

The Lancashire Independent Jim Stones of Leigh gained something of a reputation for it's extremely well turned out fleet of single-decker when it had found a nitch operating local services in the town. But this operator had already been of note when it's bought off Leyland the only example in Britain, a small Danish built DAB demonstrator of 1981 which Leyland had hoped operators would turn to as a replacement for the recently retired Bristol LH. No doubt cost must have put them off rather than the wonderful quality of the Silkeborg product and Leyland ended up selling the cobbled together Swift instead which basically was a converted Terrier truck. Of course Dennis then came along with the Dart which with the Plaxton Pointer body became the big success story of the Nineties and guaranteed it's future. As you can see there were plenty of smiling faces amongst the people boarding A499-MHG for Landside in the rain in the old Leigh Bus Station. One wonders whether Leyland might have still been with us today had it managed to sell it's better products.

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