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

Monday, 15 February 2016

SVV 587W United Counties National2 in Northampton

The trouble with trying to take buses in action is not only can they easily blur shadows appear in the wrong places but I still prefer them to those taken in a more familiar location such as in the bus station. Also of course if one has a good imagination they can still hear them roar by like the distinctive roar of the National2 in Northampton.


Ross said...

I always liked the National 2s, and it seemed a shame that they all vanished so much more quickly than the National 1s (although, of course, there were zillions of National 1s and far fewer National 2s). As you say, they sounded good, and somehow that also made them more pleasant to ride on.

I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the full trip on that particular National 2, though: Cambridge to Northampton is a long way to be sat on plastic bus seats! A DP National 2 would have been OK, but I don't think UC had any.

christopher said...

You are right the National2's were more like a proper bus, I took a ride on a dp Mark1 at Alton and it was surprisingly civilised. But even these could be hot and unpleasant and especially if they had not been looked after properly stinking of oli and diesel like many buses today.