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

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Rossendale Red Rose Rambler DDK 24W

Red Rose Rambler might not sound quite as catchy as The Rolling Stones 'Midnight Rambler' but I would certainly like to toddle back in time and have a ride around this part of Lancashire on a East Lancs bodied Leyland Atlantean. Many later East Lancs bodies became rather ugly badly proportioned boxes on wheels but having evolved from the Ralph Bennett Bolton buses of the Sixties this basic design remained something of a classic for me. Formerly Rawtenstall Corporation who would have thought although much changed and now of course Rossendale it would become one of the few survivors from the sadly disbanded family of Municipals who not only gave the local streets their own identity and character they usually gave such a good cheap reliable service for so many years right from the early tramway days.

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