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, 21 September 2009

Middleton's Ribble Red Setters

It has been said that engineers at Ribble were partly responsible for the concept of the BET same-at-both-ends single decker with curved screens front and rear. Ribble certainly took a huge fleet of these buses that they christened Red-Setters after a gun-dog. Numbers started at 458 in 1963 and by 1966 had reached 682, and then in 1967 came 201-220 and there were about fifty dual-purpose buses too. Even in NBC days Ribble buses were kept in fine order so it was hardly surprising that after sale many were snapped up by smaller independents. Middleton on Rugeley ran this pair and like a former Trent example No.577 was painted in the red with maroon company colours. Similar bus 557 was still very much as it had been when it left Ribble in poppy red with that single white band.

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