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 27 October 2010

George Ewer's Grey Green Coaches

As they say oak trees grow from tiny acorns and when the car dealership Cowie bought out the London coach operator George Ewer it quickly found it's way into the much more challenging yet rewarding Deregulated bus market. A few years later the slightly bigger Cowie Group changed it's name to Arriva, but few would have guessed anything so unlikely as this mushrooming effect looming when I photographed examples of Grey Green's then standard choice of Leyland and Bedford chassis in about 1983. Like other important Leyland strongholds as well as the new Tiger an upmarket Royal Tiger Doyen or two was tried but without gaining any orders as like many others once content with buying the trusted Leopard the less reliable and poorly thought out Tiger was one spanner in the works too many as the sensible way to proceed was with ultra reliable Volvo. It's just such a pity coaches like Doyen A839 SYR seen at Stamford Hill Depot weren't as good as they looked whilst the also popular Duple bodied Bedford YYL 793T was also nearing the end of it's breed.


hcp said...

Remember Driving both these Coaches! lol, I'm apart of History!

hcp said...

It's Great seeing theses Pictures again, Have a Facebook page

GreyGreen Coaches look it up..

Unknown said...

Yes work there for years repair them .howard