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

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The bus to Boothtown

The great thing about the British Municipal operators is they were all quite different whether it be by size, vehicle requirements or more importantly the whims of the Transport Committee and General Manager. Sadly all of this was to disappear when many in urban areas were absorbed in to PTA's as happened when Halifax became part of the West Yorkshire Passenger Executive. It's last delivery of new single-deckers before this took place were some attractive Leyland Leopards with Plaxton bodywork like 3007 UJX 917M which had been No.7 when new in 1974 just before the takeover. Boothtown it's destination became a household name in the Seventies as one of the sinister haunts of Sutcliffe the so-called Yorkshire Ripper who at night stalked and murdered prostitutes in the district.

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