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

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Bolton 'WOW Factor' at Southampton: WOW 546J

When in the early Sixties Ralph Bennett worked with the body builder East Lancs to produce an attractive modern bus for his fleet at Bolton it set a precedent amongst other Municipal customers for bearing their own base colours of course similarly liveried buses could be found as far afield as Blackburn and Merthyr plus as we see here at Southampton where they had a large fleet of Atlanteans. In later years as can be seen from the way paint has been applied to the bus following the classic Bolton livery layout was reversed with I feel had a detrimental overall effect.


Unknown said...

This photo is amazing! On the front of that bus is our business advert. We are now www.dmdancecentre.co.uk and have been a dancing school in the town for 40 years! Please may I keep this photo for our history records?

christopher said...

Hayley I'm glad you like it and it brings back memories. No problem you are more than welcome to it do you just want to copy it off the computer?