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

Monday 4 June 2018

The Success of Norfolk Green V909 SEG

When I went there in about 2002 Independents as elsewhere in rural Britain were not only helping to keep bus services going Norfolk Green was an award winning example of what can be done with a bit of love and attention to detail. First Group was still hanging on but since then they have pulled out and even Stagecoach who have well practised ways to make things work finally ditched what they inherited when they took over Norfolk Green. All very sad and local authorities and the government should take funding public transport seriously because the true cost of neglect breaks up communities and creates more havoc on the roads. I rather like Harrod's smart Plaxton bodied Dennis and the neat Javeline badge looked just right.  Those van based Mercedes mini-buses might not have been very advanced but they were very reliable compared to the low-floor midi's we see today like the Solo and much better in country lanes.

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