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, 17 September 2009

Gardner powered Olympians: Still going strong.

Blackpool transport bought a number of standard NBC ECW bodied Leyland Olympian buses from Trent in the Nineties. This Summer they were still going strong despite being twenty-six-years-old and No.409 was pictured on the Sea Front at Fleetwood. Even though Blackpool also buys new buses regularly it has never thrown out sound vehicles because of their age alone and obviously the operation has a hand-on feel rather than being left to distant managers and the whims of accountants. With poor design issues when new these buses were not greatly loved but no doubt they have become more highly valued because of their comparative simplicity and not forgetting the legendary frugal and reliable Gardner engines that has also kep't the similar aged West Midlands MCW Metrobuses going.

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