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, 1 July 2012

Foxhound in Blackpool

Once on busy Summer Weekends one could find a colourful collection of NBC and SBG coaches at the the old Ribble Colleseum Coach Station. This image illustrates what I liked about Blackpool in those days where everything was shoe-horned in like some glorious muddle including cars and vans. Today though everything seems much more tidy and clinical and a bit empty of visual excitement, more a satisfying day out for traffic wardens than the seaside kid inside us all. Foxhound was the coach branding of Midland Fox from Leicester but this Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard No.475 SFV207P had come home as it's original owner National Travel West had been largely based on the former Standerwick's operations here in Blackpool. If one tries to be logical some of these names are a bit silly as why would a bus company that calls it's buses 'Fox and Fox Cub' want 'Foxhounds' and huntsmen blowing buggles on horseback as they are obviously the enemy. However probably it never occured to the planners who most likely thought of rural Leicestershire with it's well known Hunts.

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