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 9 April 2017

Derby's Blue Bus Services Tiger A444 DTO at Blackpool

Following Deregulation much of the bus industry didn't really know which way it would all go and operators tended to hedge their bets with diversification like Derby who having bought out Blue Bus of Willington used that well respected name for a coach division. They always looked smart too like this Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Leyland Tiger seen at Blackpool.


Unknown said...

Hello Chris.
Wonderful photos as always, I really do enjoy all your photos and your interesting comments. Do you have any photos of westcountry operator Ford's Travel of Cornwall based near Plymouth, they had a very fine fleet of top spec coaches plus the usual old buses and coaches on schools work.
I have been lucky enough to drive a tiger like the one in your pic, a lovely machine A675 DCN, she really flew, great for overtaking newer coaches.
Keep up the good work, much appreciated.

christopher said...

Sorry Tom I don't suppose I have any Ford's travel unless they were tucked in the background at Bretonside. Thanks I am always most grateful for positive comments for even though I don't try to keep up with modern trends I take a lot of effort trying to present my photos in an interesting way. As for the Tiger rather the same way people get wedded to their favourite football team I'm a bit like that with buses and it took me many years to realise there might be better things around than leylands. Tigers didn't have the roar of the Leopard but once one grew accustomed to the transmission sounds these earlier coaches were quite pleasing and we had no end of them come and go at Stafford.Down's had one but I'm afraid they were not very impressed with it especially from a workshop point of view and it didn't last long with them and they clung on to the better engineered Volvo B10M