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

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Felix of Stanley Bedford YMT D694 WAU

Always a familiar sight for many many years at the old Derby Bus Station were the brown and red buses of Felix of Stanley often with the cat on the side. By the time Plaxton Derwent bodied Bedford YMT D694 WAU was delivered this once ubiquitous marque amongst independents was getting less common and even here heavier Leylands were taking their place.

Monday, 27 June 2016

South Yorkshire's DAB Articulated Buses C113 HDT

Notable buses in the Sheffield area were a fleet of DAB articulated buses which were ideal for limited stop urban routes to I remember Meadowhall Shopping Centre and as can be seen here Thurnscoe.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wrexham over the Welsh Border

The NBC went out of their way to stamp out any local identity but after MAP they must have realised that to save more services local identities were needed as brands to center marketing on. Even the casual observer can see this scene was taken in Wrexham but today the advertising on the Crosville Leyland National is confusing as one can't quite work out whether it is selling us a local brew or trying to get us to join the army.

Merseybus EKA 214Y

Very impressive and that was just the Duple bodied Leyland Tiger but in Liverpool magnificent St. George's Hall is worth a second glance as well of course.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

POPS PMT's First Atlantean L9766 at Brittania Stadium

I'm afraid I don't take a huge number of photos at preserved bus events but it's always a challenge to get an interesting picture or two. PMT's first Leyland Atlantean from 1959 looked very much the way it did when it was new. Okay they were a bit boxy but in those days they were real head-turners for they heralded a new age at a time when there were still wartime utility buses running around.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Diamond Optare Solo KS03 EXP

As you can see even on the streets of Bilston one can find Diamonds like this Optare Solo.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Stuarts Leyland Atlantean PCN 890M in Manchester

Once both Manchester and Liverpool were alive with private operators but alas they have all gone, so much for Deregulation opening up the bus industry. The other side of the story of course is that the big groups aren't as efficient as the Independents some of whom seem to be making a reasonable living in the Shires where the likes of Arriva and First have cut back on their empires. Stuarts operated this former Northern General Park Royal bodied Atlantean and is seen with a GM Buses NC bodied Leyland Olympian turned out in my favourite of all their orange based liveries.