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

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lincolnshire or Roadcar what's in a name?

By the time I took this photo of Lincolnshire Leyland National 2828 in Lincoln the Privatised company had become known as Roadcar, maybe it hoped to expand beyond it's traditional Lincolnshire area but as far as I know it never really did, eventually getting snapped up by Yorkshire Traction. But think had it been the other way around YTC might have become known as 'Traction' or even of course it's nickname 'Tracky'. At least thankfully Lincolnshire never became 'Roady'. lol


Ross said...

I think the RoadCar name had less to do with trying to be trendy (something bus companies are not particularly good at) and more to do with that being what the locals had called the company since long before the National Bus Company (let alone its privatisation) was a twinkle in a politician's eye.

The Manager (later MD) at the time of privatisation, Paul Hill, had a good idea of how to make simple but effective changes which would emphasise the move from national to local control. Unfortunately it was also followed up with some pretty drastic retrenchment which saw RoadCar pull out of most of the south of Lincolnshire.

christopher said...

It always was Lincolnshire Road Car Company of course, but as you say many former bus empires lost their geographic identity through incursion and cut-bcks. It's a pity in the early Seventies politicians didn't decide to make public transport more of a priority. Many of the bus services that were cut back were the same that had replaced the trains. If something isn't done soon even smaller cities like Lincoln will become closer to gridlock with everyone out in their cars.