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 13 July 2010

New Buses for Plymouth

Well as these low-floor East Lancs bodied Volvo's were new in 2002 they are not exactly new but they mark a welcome return of suitable up to date double-deckers for all-day service with Plymouth as the elderly existing  fleet had been relegated to schools and contract work. Citybus is fortunate in that after it was put on the market it was bought by Go-Ahead which doesn't just 'slash and burn' with the removal of assets and then runs the operation on a shoestring, instead it takes a more sensitive approach to it's operations cherishing the heritage too. Indeed apart from the sight of these redundant modern double-deckers that came from Go-Ahead's London operations and a few other strangers in the camp one would never guess that CityBus had been sold and no doubt this reflects the sheer quality of this purchase. Coincidentally even though it doesn't mean anything in itself this bus No.408 at Devonport carries the registration of PN02-XCO reminding us of all those old Leylands that carried *CO which were allocated to the Plymouth Motor Tax Office.

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