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, 19 December 2016

Those Magnificent Green Line Berkhoff's on Flightline

It's a shame the Berkhoff bodied Leyland Tigers of London County had such short lives in that guise before most were rebodied as buses for new lives elsewhere as they were rather impressive coaches. But Deregulation and the sell off of the NBC turned the bus industry upside down; no not literally but who would have guessed all the things that might happen in the coming years. It might have changed quite a bit over the years but thankfully Victoria Coach Station is still there and they didn't just pull it down an move the coach terminus to some draughty and  cramped glass affair in Brent Cross or Golders Green or somewhere stupid like that.


Ross said...

I did like those Berkhofs. They had more presence than the Plaxton Paramounts of the same era, looking much more sophisticated (at least to my eyes).

A shame that they were lost so soon, but the days of the "Local Express" services such as Green Line and the Midland Red companies Midland Express branded services were numbered. Today there are so few of those routes left, and those which have survived are operated by buses rather than coaches. :(

christopher said...

You are right Ross just a few commuter services out of London etc, not even enough limited-stop more direct bus services either to shorten the journey although West Midlands does not too far away.