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

Sunday 20 March 2011

The Return of Preston Bus

There are so few former municipal operators left in Britain giving visitors that local touch that for once it's nice to report one that has been saved. Already struggling Preston Bus eventually fell to the might of Stagecoach who promptly started painting the fleet into it's universal colour scheme. But an appeal to the Monopoly and Mergers Commission resulted in Stagecoach having to sell it off to a new owner as the sale was not in the public interest. The small but growing Birmingham based Rotela group listed on AIM took over the company most of the buses and the depot at Deepdale Road. We now wait to see whether they retain the Preston name or give it a different branding. Like many other Lancashire operators and being right on the doorstep it was hardly surprising that Preston was a Leyland stronghold and later AN68 Atlanteans like this 1980 Alexander bodied example UHG 141V gave long and reliable service in the town.

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