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, 7 February 2017

YTJ 627D: A former Leigh Renown and an LUT Guy

During the school hoildays in the Sixties as a family we often went to Manchester for the day did our own thing and met up again at about Four to go home before the rush hour. Once I had seen most of the Manchesrer buses I tended to go out on the buses to nearby towns like Bolton, Warrington and Wigan but somehow Leigh must have seemed a bit too small. So I have no older photos in he town than this one of 1980 but even though the LUT NC bodied Guy Arab looks as imposing as ever the former Corporation East Lancs bodied AEC renown looks like it's been put on the bargain shelf like many other buses in that era that doned 'imposed liveries' that didn't suit their pedigree and had their embellishments removed in the rush to out-shop them back onto the street. At least the Lancashire United Guy nor any of it's many sisters ever had to suffer that indignity when LUT too which was already partly owned eventually passed to Greater Manchester.

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