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

Friday, 18 October 2019

Gash of Newwark Plaxton bodied Leopard NRA191P

Even though Lincolnshire had a garage beside the bus station when one thinks of Newark on Trent they think of the much more interesting W,Gash and Sons, one of a number of fine traditional Independents that ran into Nottingham. These services even in later years were able to justify the purchase of new buses a process encouraged due to the availability of the government bus grant in the Seventies. Daimler half-cab double-deckers had been the choice in the Fifties but the Leyland Leopard came afterwards and as long as they did service work to qualify for the grant they could also be fitted with coach seats and be used for that too. In the difficult times the industry has had to endure since Deregulation how these smaller operators would have appreciated that kind of support and good well known firms like Gash might just have survived.

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