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 March 2017

Former DSB 4273 4273 a former DSB

When the Copenhagen equivalent of our PTE  was formed HT took over all the larger operators in the suburbs and let the others continue under license if they didn't want to sell out. As well as private concerns DSB the Danish state railways also ran buses here and these one's got taken over too. Even though this happened in 1974 this 1970 Aabeneraa bodied Volvo B58-60 was still in it's old railway red in 1982 and still looked remarkably good. Numbered 4273 I expect it used to be 273 with DSB.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

AKU 165T: Operator's They Come and Go In a Flash

As a kid I read my copies of Buses Illustrated religiously and could even recite details of operators I didn't even know, for instance names tat always came up in Fleet News and I still think of Wilson of Carstairs, and Jones of Aberbeeg etc. But snce Deregulation not only have many many of those much loved operators gone many of those that started to fill in the gaps didn't even last long enough for me to learn their names. A good example is this Leyland National B loading in Carrs Lane Birmingham on a trip to Tamworth and as for the 96 didn't the cities first Atlanteans work that route from Washwood Heath Garage another detail imprinted on the memory that clings defiantly to the past.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A Different Way to See Buses. West Midlands BL53 EDV in Wolverhampton on the 126

I must admit I take a lot of photos of N.Exp West Midlands buses around Wolverhampton. It's easy to take the same views down the same favoured streets but I can always find something a bit different I like such as a shot against to light which gives the scene a more dramatic effect and as for the street furniture we can't get rid of it but in an instance like this it adds structure to the shot; indeed I know it's a bit sad but as far as photography is concerned I love it.. As with all bus photography it gets more interesting with time and since this was taken less than a year ago brand new buses have replaced these Alexander Enviro's on the 126 to Birmingham.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Fine Southern National Bristol L with a Duple Body

I think Southern Western/Western National along with their Royal Blue must be my favorite of the BTC companies. It had a huge operating area from the green fields and orchards of Somerset to the wild landscape of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the tin mines towards Lands End. But as well as a good vehicle variety I liked all the details like the big fleet number plates that echo GWR steam locomotives. Of course the company had a railway heritage but it's still a bit odd that the head office was in Exeter a town hardly served by the buses at least. A Bristol L and a elegant Duple body made a lovely combination and 1324 was seen at Brislington last year in 2016.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Fiat Bus in Trieste

Italian town buses were painted orange but the next time I went there they were a rather unimaginative orange and black.  As might be expected most were built by Fiat in a variety of sizes and this example was seen in the interesting coastal city of Trieste where the unimaginably long Russian Eastern Block empire reached it's end here in the Mediterranean sunshine as there was nowhere else to go.

The Royal Parade & The Plymouth Atlantean Ruled for Decades

One hears all sorts of tales of woe concerning early Atlanteans but not only did many operator's keep buying them some like Plymouth bought nothing else till the Leyland National came into vogue. After buying the basic early style MCW bodied buses for a number of years a more interesting bodywork variety crept in and none of them were ugly, and I thought this style of quite traditional East Lancs body was particularly attractive with the neatly added curved front. By the time these last buses were delivered in the late Eighties like ATK 155W the Atlantean had in it's new guise as an AN68 evolved into a good reliable bus and in the same way the Tiger was a disappointment following the rugged Leopard the same could be said about the underfunded Olympian. Atlanteans ruled here but the three similarly bodied Olympians tried were soon dispensed with.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Bern Switzerland: Glorious days like this.....

Glorious days  like this remind one of all the other glorious days like this. The small Swiss capital city of Bern can be cold and gloomy in winter but like other historic towns there when the winter sun shone it could be almost magical and of course helped on too by the sight of smart rumbling along trams like 726 which I guess dated from a year or two either side of 1960, perhaps even 1962. I had detailed list but I've mislaid it but that would have been no good as I just remembered it was only Swiss trolleybuses lol.