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, 4 March 2018

Oh la la! Going Top-Less in Brighton

I suppose after Blackpool the town of Brighton must be Britain's best known holiday resort but there are many and the nice thing is they are all different. Brighton and Hove with it's royal connections aspires to be a little bit posh but fails but being the favourite resort for Londoners makes up for it by being a little bit cosmopolitan and certainly bohemian in the 'Swinging London' King's Road sort of way. Blackpool had Ribble buses and Brighton Southdown both interesting fleets which were associated very much with Leylands in BET days but as elsewhere within the later NBC years had to buy Bristol VR's. But even under the NBC both were able to take some Atlanteans and whereas Southdown got rid of theirs quite quickly for more Bristols Ribble managed to just buy a few and stick to the now reliable and better AN68.  TNJ 994S might look like it has a fairly standard ECW body  but it was in fact a convertible to open-top. I suppose by this time even open-toppers had to be modern enough to do all year round 'OPO' but I think we all preferred the resorts when the most ancient buses like old-donkeys were given an easy retirement gently cruising along the promenade. Oh well it was not all bad for here at least on the South Coast they managed to keep one or two.

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