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

Thursday 28 June 2018

Clydeside Tiger in Glasgow

As in England the Scottish Bus Group was broken up into smaller companies so that they could be more easily be sold off. The excuse being that it would help open the market up to competition but sadly the strongest not only survived and prospered they now have such a strong foothold they just don't care too much about giving a proper service any more. In the days of the BET Group the good urban areas used to help subsidide the country routes but now they make as much as the can in the big cities and make the local authorities pay for the country routes if they want them. Clydeside which was part of Western Scottish looked scruffy by comparison including this demoted Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger which had gained the registration off a London Routemaster which came up here.


Shieldsman said...

The myriad of names and liveries got quite confusing at this period. It's neither Clydeside nor Western, but Kelvin Central - Hillhouse being a destination in Lanarkshire rather than Renfrewshire or Ayrshire. Also, RM770 went to Kelvin rather than Clydeside.

A little googling later says the bus was once United Counties NBD 106Y, later passing to Luton & District. In fact, I think it may be in L&D livery rather than (Kelvin) Central - seen on the buses in the background

As ever, fascinating to see a reminder of the past - plus your pictures always manage to evoke the atmosphere of the time. Thank you for sharing them with us.

christopher said...

Thanks Shieldsman,

I'm glad your enjoyment of my photography makes up for some of my errors. The trouble is if I reasearched them all it would take me an hour to do each one when it should only take five minutes, and as you say there was a lot to follow which of course at least made them interesting times.

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