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, 8 September 2009
Blackburn Atlantean in Darwen
Darwen had a small fleet of red and cream buses but in the Seventies amid fears of being swallowed up into Greater Manchester PTE it decided to merge with it's much bigger neighbour Blackburn just up the road. Sadly in Lancashire of the twenty-seven Municipals to be found in the Sixties only two remain, Blackpool which merged with Lytham St. Annes and Rossendale which had been Rawtenstall before it took nearby Haslington under it's wing in the Sixties. There are another two survivor's of course, Halton (formerley Widnes) and Warrington but following boundary changes in the Seventies they are now in Cheshire.