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

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Stonier's Turner's Fleetline TRF 172G

Stonier of Tunstall bought this Northern Counties bodied Daimler Fleetline off fellow Potteries Independent Turner of Brown Edge. The destination has been hurriedly written on the blind and makes it look like the bus is going to a technology park bus alas this is 1980 and it's heading for the Festival Park which was mooted as bringing prosperity to the area for years to come. In the old and spacious Hanley Bus Station are a nice variety of PMT bus types plus a Fleetline still with Turner.

Someone has pointed out that F. Park might instead be Eaton Park which was served by Stonier.


Ross said...

Those garden festivals were definitely A Thing in the 1980s, weren't they?
I never went to one, and I find myself looking back and wondering if I missed something worthwhile. Mind you, I was too young to go to the Potteries variant and too poor to go to Liverpool, so maybe not.

Never yet got to one of the big International Expos, either; bought tickets for Hamburg but never got there. One day, maybe?

Don't suppose the bus operators will be as interesting as Stoniers though!

christopher said...

Ross the first one in Liverpool was the brainchild of Michael Hesaltine as a government inititive to stop people thinking about the riots in Toxteth. No doubt as a quick fix it created some jobs, brought in the day trippers and tourists and made some money for the city. We have the same concept today with those 'Cities of Culture'.

They are not really my thing but I went to the Expo in Lausanne in 1964 on a school outing.