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, 19 July 2018

Go-Ahead Northern: Winners and Losers

Deregulation was something of a lottery with few winners and hundreds of losers. In this gold rush there was a lot of bullying and unpleasantness, and both long established operators and newcomers either fell on their swords or if they were efficient able to grab the money and run. Indeed parts of the NBC were sold off so cheaply by selling a bit of properly newcomers like Stagecoach had enough to buy the next and the next.  Who would have guessed at the time when I took this photo of a rather unpopular Willowbrook 003 coach bodied Leyland Leopard on a limited-stop service to Consett that it's NBC management buyout team who had formed Go-Ahead would become one of the main players to prosper and survive to the end of the game of public transport monopoly. 


plcd1 said...

Goodness that looks like the remodelled Marlborough Crescent bus station in Newcastle. They ripped the old full width roof down and put tiny bus shelters on each stop lane. Now gone and completely build over with nothing to indicate buses ever stopped there.

christopher said...

No it's not always a good idea to go back either.