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, 1 January 2014

MKO 117F: New to Maidstone & District

Seen at Maidstone prior to entering service was this Northern Counties Daimler Fleetline. By the time these had all been delivered the 74 buses didn't outnumber the many earlier M&D MCW bodied Atlanteans but here at least they were king as just one example 6490 (DH 490) remained, but of course there were still plenty of fine PD2's to enjoy at the garage whose allocation was in the Sixties, and of course visiting Atlanteans in the town were still commonplace from places like Gillingham.


Anonymous said...

Following my comment yesterday about enjoying the photographs, today's has really hit the spot! Whenever I can get my google account to log in my user name is "knightrider" as a homage to the wonderful M & D.

christopher said...

Thanks Knightrider, I also have a contact of the same name on Flickr. I'm glad I'm not the only one to suffer gremlins on Google but I always sign in okay. What I hate most of all is typing in the spam security letters as I can hardly make out what they are. Yes my loyalty lies with the old BET companies and M&D is up there amongst my favourites. Some prefer Southdown but they were all different and together with East Kent made a fine mix. I also liked Leylands and Massey bodywork so Maidstone was something like bus paradise for me. Going back to your comments the other day on rudeness I've had a couple of thoughts. As I don't invite chat from Facebook etc or try to popularise my blog and probably because my oldish photos don't appeal so much to youngsters my audience must be more mature and civilised.