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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Fine Southern National Bristol L with a Duple Body

I think Southern Western/Western National along with their Royal Blue must be my favorite of the BTC companies. It had a huge operating area from the green fields and orchards of Somerset to the wild landscape of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the tin mines towards Lands End. But as well as a good vehicle variety I liked all the details like the big fleet number plates that echo GWR steam locomotives. Of course the company had a railway heritage but it's still a bit odd that the head office was in Exeter a town hardly served by the buses at least. A Bristol L and a elegant Duple body made a lovely combination and 1324 was seen at Brislington last year in 2016.

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