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

Thursday, 6 February 2014

WLT584G: Plaxton Perfecting the Perfect Rose

Unlike Duple who irritated it's loyal customers by constantly changing it's look making earlier deliveries look quickly outdated Plaxton with it's highly successful Oggle consultancy improved new Elite version of the Panorama just let it's sleek winner slowly evolve. They must have improved but visually I'm sure I'm not the only one who liked the classic more rounded first version of 1969 the most like this former Grey Green Bedford at Bretonside which had retained much of the front styling from the original Panorama range. The Volvo of C.J.Down  from Mary Tavy was about four years newer and although still pleasant the front looked as though it had been stretched like an elastic band. But on a more positive note this elongated rather more aggressive frontal look was probably much more in keeping with the then more popular longer 12m bodies.

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