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, 10 August 2011

Eastern Counties in Norwich

I was never a great 'Tilling' fan but for various reasons one gets to like certain companies more than others. A good example is Eastern Counties whose cheery red buses and largely unspoilt operating area made them seem a lot more inspiring than it's seemingly less friendly green neighbours. Also even in NBC days it seemed very civilised with good tidy facilities including the bus station and garage in Norwich, something that is more striking today in the age when garages have been replaced with fenced yards fences and helpful inspectors by an anonymous website or busy telephone number. Even in 1981 here as well as in the city of Cambridge the company ran a sizeable fleet of half-cabs Bristol FS and FLF's but as you can see they were quickly being replaced by new buses like  Bristol BVG220T No.VR 220 or more depressingly you might agree the ubiquitous Leyland National.

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