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 23 May 2018

Len Wright's The Bee Line Dennis Dart at Heathrow

Firms like Thames Valley are just a distant memory now as is it's successor Alder Valley. Newbury went to Reading Transport and Aldershot and Guildford went to Stagecoach  but most of the Thames Valley area became The Bee Line under I think Len Wright. After the mini-bus craze it took operators a while to think big again and these short Darts with Plaxton Pointer bodies were the next step back up towards sensible large buses. Optare was very active at this time trying to catch the economy end of the market producing various innovative cheap buses from minis and midis to full-sized vehicles including double-deckers but it was the success of these fairly simple workmanlike Darts especially compared to it's from rival Volvo that saved Dennis and made it the success story it still is today.

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