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

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Border to Burnley

As well as with Touring and long distance express services former large operators like Ribble prided themselves on the network of limited-stop services that crisscrossed their empire like the threads of some invisible spiders web. Even the more image conscious of the big bus groups like Stagecoach put revenue far ahead of keeping these links with the past alive. I guess had Ribble still been with us today these once regular and often useful longer routes would have been severely cut back anyway as they date back to the good old days when people didn't have cars for what was often an annual treat to the seaside. Having said all that surprisingly there was no Ribble service from Burnley to Blackpool in the timetable so I presume visitors had to change buses at Preston. So by the Nineties maybe matters had improved as growing Independents like Border who ran this former Barton Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard milked any potential traffic with their Service X4.

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