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 16 November 2019

Northern Bus Bristol VR HKE 678L in Sheffield

Northern Bus departed from it's normal livery to paint this former Maidstone and District Bristol VR in Sheffield into Tilling Green. I'm not sure what Bradfield Bus meant but I am left with a feeling that a lot of the enthusiast led 'hobby' operators were doomed to fail eventually. Not because they ran the business badly but it's hard to mix business with pleasure when there are hard-nosed competitors snapping at their heels trying to trip them up or take them out.


Ross said...

Google suggests that Bradfield is an parish north-west of Sheffield on the edge of the moors. I guess "Bradfield Bus" was branding for a service for that area.

Northern were an interesting operator who carved themselves a niche in between the big operators covering services the big boys didn't seem interested in at the time. Whether they had any long term future is anyone's guess because post-deregulation operators came and went rapidly regardless of ownership, culture or funding levels!

christopher said...

Thanks Ross for checking. Yes Warstone Green Bus did very much the same and lasted a good few years running out to the rural villages on the Staffordshire Shropshire border.