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 11 April 2018

Happy Days of Woodseaves Leopard SWW 146R

When G.H.Austin of Woodseaves went bust in 1969 it got rid of all it's elderly second-hand Leyland Tiger Cub buses and a new company took the name of it's coach business Happy Days but little else changed much except the fleet went over to newer and even new Fords. But by the mid-Eighties things were starting to change with the arrival of a Leyland again this time a former Wallace Arnold Leyland Leopard. No doubt as elsewhere demanding motorway running dictated heavier premium motors and more similarly bodied former Wallace Arnold coaches arrived but this time Volvo B10M's. But a lot more Leopards found their way into the fleet and by the time they sold out to Midland Red North it was a bit like Austin's again with elderly Leylands doing much of the bus services out towards Shropshire along with a pair of Scanias bought new..

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