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, 27 December 2017

Warrington's Sixties East-Lancs bodied Ugly Ducklings

Perhaps with the exception of the rather elegant but very traditional looking Northern Counties bodies also seen in Warrington with Lancashire United early rear-engined bodywork on the double-decker didn't amount to much in looks. Like all the Lancashire bodybuilders East-Lancs could produce a fine looking half-cab bus but struggled here. It was not helped by the badly placed Daimler scroll but when on later buses a curved windscreen and front was added the design came together and was much more attractive and certainly different. The batch  was18-26 5827-5835 ED and no they couldn't even quite get the registration numbers to match either which also confuses the senses lol. No a bit of an ugly duckling then which is a bit surprising as by 1963 when these arrived Alexander of Falkirk was starting to build it's modern  timeless classic with fibre-glass and of course Ralph Bennett was prodding the design team at East-Lancs to do something a lot more exciting with this body and also took the much more striking Liverpool style customised standard MCW body.

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