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

Friday 9 September 2011

First Western National Plymouth Garage outstation at Tavistock 90's

Western National in Tavistock used to have a garage on the same site as the bus station in Plymouth Road, but the First garage is now a yard just outside the town which backs on to the River Tavy. The old allocation used to be about seventeen and as the town has grown the First fleet here mushroomed and must have approached a similar size. However I now suspect it has shrunk again as they have given up most of the rural work as part of the tendering process as nearly everything heads down the busy corridor to Plymouth. It doesn't seem so long ago that the local buses were Bristol VR's, Leyland Olympian and Lynx, plus Tigers and Leopards too along with the usual Dennis Darts. Not common in the First Western National fleet was the Duple Dominant bus body like on Tiger A665KUM which started life with West Yorkshire PTE.

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