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 September 2019

Maidstone & District Harrington bodied AEC Bus 242 BKM

The BET companies all had similarities which gave them a family feel but at the same time they all seemed to be different as managers were given their say. Hence firms like Maidstone and District stood out as they bought batches of unusual buses including locally built Beadle bodied Reliances buses and from Hove more similar AEC's with attractive Harrington bodies which also appeared on another rarity the Albion Nimbus. Having not long been renumbered from S242 to 3242 a driver fills out his Waybill having just returned from on probably the 12.23 from Grafty Green.


Man of Kent said...

Always delighted to see a bus local to me amongst your postings, though rest ssured I enjoy seeing all of them, from both the UK and the continent - thank you.

Mick said...

I always enjoyed the pre-NBC M&D, East Kent, and Southdown fleets. As a kid, I had relatives in Cranbrook and Goudhurst and loved exploring their operating areas.

christopher said...

Thanks for your comments, yes I try to mix them up a bit but this was my era, I spent almost a year in Maidstone at the Art College. Interesting time too with the M&D renumbering, the last NC Fleetlines, new Strachens Panthers, the first Duple Leopard coaches plus the last East Kent Regents arriving and amongst the old stuff
Maidstone still had three Daimlers.