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, 23 October 2014

VDV 819. Nothing Straightforward at Exeter

I understand Devon Geneal was unable to operate 30ft deckers like it's Atlanteans in Exeter till the end of the Sixties and I imagine this was in the terms of it's area agreement with the city council. Devon General certainly entered into the spirit of it and getting rare elsewhere within the BET had dedicated batches of these AEC Regents with open platforms to run alongside the similar Corporation buses on city services. Here 819 advertised DG's own Grey Cars coach fleet but it had close links with Greenslades too who bought the time expired coaches, and who was also based here. Though not such a great presence in the city S/W. National had it's head office here as well..

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