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

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Barton 1609 loads in the Nottingham evening rush-hour.

Barton of Chilwell was one of the great names in the bus world with it's fascinating mix of new, secondhand buses and a colourful individualism that typified the confident innovative Independent. In the Seventies it broke new ground when it's used the government's new bus grant to renew the whole fleet with coach bodied Leylands and Bedfords. Despite the loss of interest caused Barton remained a favourite with enthusiasts and one of the last of many Leopards delivered No.1609 VRC 609Y picks up by Nottingham Railway Station on it's way to Leicester. By this time the company had sold it's bus interests to the local Wellgate Group who ran it alongside the local former BET and NBC company Trent and both names still survive to this day.

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