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

Friday, 8 April 2016

A Halton East-Lancs bodied Leopard HEN 868N

A less well known member of Halton Transport  in Cheshire and once Lancashire town of Widnes was this unusual Northern Counties short Leyland Leopard which came from nearby Chester City. With so many Leyland Nationals or grant body coaches entering service there were very few other single-deck buses entering service in the mid-Eighties but when it came to small Municipal orders like these four the work usually went to East Lancs who still built one offs to the customers spec or even Duple who also supplied buses to Chester.


ants said...

a lot of halton drivers did like this one, who use to work for halton at the time, called Tony Miller hated it more than any of the drivers

ants said...

my mistake a lot of halton drivers did not like this bus, one driver who use to work for halton at the time, called Tony Miller hated it more than any of the drivers

christopher said...

Perhaps it was the layout of the cab or just heavy to drive but of course Halton already had a few East Lancs leopards before the RE's arrived, at least if nothing else the National Mark1 was a drivers bus and those must have spoilt the lads at Widnes.