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, 31 December 2018

Maidstone Corporation Daimer CVG6 LKJ 777

When I was at Maidstone Art School in 1967-8 the Corporation had a 100% Massey bodied Leyland fleet apart from three old Daimler CVG6's and Brush bodied 77 was still wearing the much more tasteful and pleasant ginger livery when photographed. By the time I left another three G-Reg Atlanteans had joined the fleet and the old days were gone.


Mick said...

I always loved the Maidstone fleet. The "ginger" livery unique and the way the coat of arms was displayed in a cream circle reminded me of my hometown buses crest displayed in a cream diamond. The latter somehow lost it's significance when the diamond was abolished, as did the town's significance in the 1974 local government reorganization - and I suspect many other medium-sized towns too.

christopher said...

Thanks Mick, and I love the tidy hand painted adverts as well. The ginger livery was ideal for Maidstone as it was quite a smelly town with aromas coming from both the brewery and sharps toffee.