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, 3 September 2009

Beacon Bus in Tavistock

One of the former First Western National drivers who had moved to Devon and who was working from Tavistock told me one reason he enjoyed the job was the lovely little town and travelling through beautiful countryside. True Tavistock is on the edge of Dartmoor but as First cuts back more of it's rural network their buses will become more confined to the built-up areas as Independents take up the unprofitable tendered rural routes. Most of the Plymouth routes terminated at Tavistock but till recently the old hourly 86 Service went right on over the moor to serve Okehampton to the north. But now that very pretty section is operated by Beacon Bus who was using this new Optare bus in June, and with this another of their long routes cut the local First Bus drivers find themselves more and more confined to the usual more busy routes heading down into traffic-congested Plymouth.

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