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, 17 July 2013

M&D: The unfamiliar becomes commonplace

Surprisingly for a BET company with such a large coach fleet Maidstone & District was devoid of the ubiquitous Plaxton body as beefy Duple Commander bodied Leopards followed the elegant AEC Harringtons. But under the NBC closer links with nearby East Kent helped bring the pleasing Panorama Elite into the fleet too such as WJG151J pictured looking tidy at Gillingham . As if to return the favour East Kent buses didn't carry any fleet-numbers till NBC days relying on their registration number so it was fortunate that they didn't have to buy much second-hand.

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