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, 29 April 2016

Not that one again: Stagecoach 21268 in Chester

In the old days back in the Sixties and Seventies one went out with their camera or notebook and never quite knew which buses to expect to see for they spread them out much more at random but today vehicles are much more likely to we wedded to specific jobs like this Stagecoach Wright bodied Volvo on the Park and Ride in Chester. But it doesn't bother me so much as I just like taking good pictures it's just a matter of  Victoria giving me enough time as she calls out "Come on Jojo." but no she's very patient with me lol..  But I've had to ring her on her mobile before now as she had disappeared into some store or other without trace. I must admit I still love Chester whereas other places from the past have lost their sparkle.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

JCL 810V:A Leaky Willowbrook?

I wouldn't recommend this hotel in Victoria, London to anyone but the front room they gave me had splendid views of the street outside and I got this super shot of a probably leaky Willowbrook bodied Leyland Leopard of Cambus heading home for Cambridge during the rush hour.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Caradoc 'Saints of Travel' C12 GWC

Possibly a former National Express coach is this Plaxton bodied Volvo I expect of Caradoc claiming to be the 'Saints of Travel' in Shrewsbury.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Berlin 1982: A new bus and a new looking girl

Any old excuse to take a picture of a new bus like this BVG Waggon-Union bodied MAN taken in 1982 No.1893 at Zoo Bahnhof.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hampshire Coach ELJ 209V at Alton Towers

Coaches come from far and wide to come to Alton Towers and I found the coach park a lot more fun than going on the rides, just a pity it didn't take more than a few minutes. But from the south came a Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard of Hampshire, former Hants and Dorset, and further afield from just inside Cornwall but something like 300 miles was was this Duple Dominant bodied Volvo B10M of Webber. I don't know about you but seems a long way to come just to feel sick!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

West Midlands Enviro No. 5413 BX13 JUO

One thing I miss about black and white photography is the way one can create by working against the light source strong contrasting or more tonal moody outdoor scenes. But now like everyone else wedded to digital images I'm still going to try and this is not a bad attempt on a West Midlands Enviro returning to Wolverhampton from Dudley.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Berresford's Bus Graveyard at Cheddleton

Scrapyards I tend to find a bit depressing but bus graveyards are a different matter as vehices rust and decay and old paint peels in the hot sun and winter frosts. One of the most famed was behind Berresford's depot at Cheddleton and I was fortunate to be allowed to wander around with my camera on a couple of occasions. Of a number of similar buses were bought with only a couple entering service whilst the others were just dumped and used for spares as was the case with some Leyland bodied PD2's from the Stockport fleet whose red and white livery was very similar and with a short life expectancy hardly worth repainting.