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, 28 September 2009

West Riding: Leylands Generations Apart

At Meadowhall in Sheffield last year many years separate these two Leylands in West Riding's colours a Leyland Tiger from the early Fifties and a former Lynx demonstrator of 1985. This Wakefield operator before selling out to the BTC to become part of the NBC in the late Sixties had the distinction of being Britain's largest Independent with 438 buses (1963). Naturally these was another large one to compete in rival Lancashire as Lancashire United based at Atherton near Wigan was Number-Two with 416. Of course as the buses might suggest these were bus companies run by a committee and not your average family business. West Riding is no more as like most of our bus heritage Caldaire who owned it was swallowed up by the big bus groups, in instance Arriva which is big up here.

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