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

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Martin's of Middlewich Yard HWH 260F

An assortment of buses hoping to find good owners in the yard of Martin at Middlewich including from Greater Manchester, a former Bolton Atlantean with East Lancs body.

3294 at Hallesches Tor

A snapshot of Berlin how it used to be. Close to The Berlin Wall this area used to be a quiet backwater, once the heart of the city but now somewhere not too busy most of the time where one could enjoy the slightly surreal blend of monuments that have lost all meaning and beautifully ugly functional U-Bahn architecture and of course the political undercurrent that had made this place how it was. They seemed rather bland at the time but anyone who liked the sounds of the MCW Metrobus would have loved MAN buses like 3295 of 1983 which was then still quite new.

Monday, 29 June 2015

West Yorkshire PTE Leyland Tiger Duple Bus A671KUM

West Yorkshire PTE bought a batch of twenty-two of these attractive Duple bodied Leyland Tigers 1651-1672. No. 1671 was seen helping to break the monotony of the Leyland Olympian in Leeds as the PTE and West Riding had plenty with Roe and ECW bodies respectively.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Bit of London Sightseeing: Ensign Metroliner 376

Taking pictures of people taking pictures at Trafalgar Square.They might not have much good for the hard graft of National Express work but the not unpleasant looking MCW Metroliner double-deck coaches like Ensign 376 with so much upstairs seating were the ideal tool for London Sightseeing in the Nineties.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Smith's of Sittingbourne B46XKJ

I used to enjoy going down  to the Thames Embankment in London for as the afternoon progressed visiting tour coaches were joined by a stream of commuter coaches to gather the armada of office workers such as B46XKJ a Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Leyland Tiger in the attractive black, white and grey colours of Smith of Sittingbourne heading for North Kent.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

DPH501T in High Wycombe

I think Chiltern Bus was a part of Luton and District, if not it was still London Country NW where this former London Country B-Series Leyland National came from with the split.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Home & Away players at Exeter

I have a theory that unless one has a special vantage point it is usually hard to get more than eight buses in a shot and usually just enough of some of them to identify them. I think my eye was drawn to the interesting mix of former Exeter Corporation Leylands and Devon General NBC types rather than the coaches. But despite the familiar Plaxton bodywork it is a nice Seventies snapshot of Plaxton Panorama and Supreme styles and not only did Devon General have narrow Bristol LH's such as the one at the top Roman City provided us with a still new normal width version of this not so common combination.