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, 25 June 2017

Wish we were going swiftly home on this AEC Swift

A horrible Sunday in Blackpool, but at least I had a hobby to keep me occupied but it was a foul day and I did get wet.  Blackpool like St.Helens and a few others liked the AEC Swifts and not including the London types must have run the second biggest UK fleet  after St Helens  who just pipped them with slighty more than this fifty-four but the last batch went to the PTE so they might not count! However despite the over-indulgence the love affair was not to last and they would only enjoy short lives at the seaside. The Leyland Panther was not considered a good bus either like all the early rear engined saloons but obviously they were good workhorses as many enjoyed quite long normal likes and three could be found nearby at Fylde.


NorfolkBoy said...

Great Yarmouth had 35 (33 new plus two bought from Waveney). The ultimate rear-engined saloon of the period was surely the Bristol RE. Just my two cents worth.

christopher said...

Yes Great Yarmouth was a keen user of the AEC Swift too. No I hadn't forgotten the Bristol RE for as you say it was the best of the bunch but I didn't include it as the engine was behind the rear axle but not perched at the end which made it slightly different and no doubt reduced body stress too.