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 31 March 2011

Bishop's & Eccleston Bridge

The breakup of the National Bus company was certainly an interesting time as groups of new operators set about building or even just asset-stripping their businesses. Potentially one of the most exciting was Drawline who commissioned the ever evident transport designer Ray Stenning to give the various acquired fleets a fresh and vibrant image. What was pleasing was the way most of the liveries followed a similar 'house' scheme but with each having it's own distinctive colours. In the south with the break up of London Country the group gained the south western slice which with a cleverly added '&' turned it into London and Country. Vehicles were moved between companies too and this Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger in L&C colours was marketed as a Countryliner and had come from Shamrock and Rambler of Southampton. It was seen at the former hub of the Green Line network behind Victoria Station on Eccleston Bridge with for bus enthusiasts at least the most photographed removal warehouse in Britain as it's backdrop belonging to Bishop and Son's.

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