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 27 October 2009

National Express: Wessex and Shamrock & Rambler

With the advent of the National Bus Company some big well known names disappeared altogether like Crosville and Western Welsh. But as Privatisation approached and large groupings were spun off into more manageable chunks old names of the hardly known reappeared. Both Wessex and Shamrock and Rambler had both been coach firms with little to do with express work except when on hire yet it was still good to see their names around again in the late-Eighties. The three-axle MCW Metroliner was impressive without being too flashy but unfortunately was not a huge success on National Express work. Many were later cut down as open-top tour buses in London for which they were ideal. As for the late ECW coach bodied Leopard it ended up with Midland Red North who had also been bought by S&R's new owner Drawline where in red and yellow it looked most odd alongside the Stafford allocation of poppy-red Leyland Nationals.

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