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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Edelskov Ford Plaxton in Copehagen

When I grew up Britin seemed to dominate half of the world with it's bus exports now it's the other way around I'm afraid. But in he Eighties Ford nand Plaxton found a market for it's products in Denmark where they would have been quite cheap and ideal for the low speeds allowed and flat terrain. Edelskov was one of the local tour operators in Copenhagen.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Warrington Daimler Fleetline CRC 250J

Warrington was a keen buyer of good used buses from other Municipals like this Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline which came from Derby.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Copehagen: The Vikings Are Coming

From Sweden in Copenhagen was this Swedish visitor on a Travellers charter, a Scania operated by Viking in an attractive livery with a Viking boat on the side.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

West Midlands Metrobus BOK 8V Bound for Rubery

Memories of Birmingham with one of WM's first Metrobuses No.2008 bound for Rubery and fresh-faced schoolboys in the lunch-hour, I wonder what they are doing now.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Arriva FJ06 ZTG My Bus World is a mix of good and bad

Any slight feelings of nostalgia accepted I have to say I prefer many of today's buses to the Leyland National or more recently the Plaxton Pointer Dennis Dart. Yes I rather enjoy riding on Enviro 400 double-deckers, and Wright bodied VDL's like this one so no I don't feel I have to live in the bus past so much today but I did at one time. Many of Arriva's routes are a bit of a pain as they go all-around-the-Wrekin and one could cycle to Cannock in far less time than it takes the 60 as it is only seven miles away from here at Lichfield whereas 60 must mean sixty minutes.Arriva do try initiatives every so often to add extra faster services but when loadings are poor they just cut it whereas the more astute operators make stronger decisions and wait for the boardings to rise which happens wit time if it is reliable. However the problem with Arriva is they have too many managers who just come and go and all they really do is annoy the public as change is often for change sake before they move on. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rebodied Royal TigerWorldmaster 488 in Porto

Older bus types used to be a lot more rugged than today but as for bodywork that was a different matter as in the UK corrosion was a serious headache whilst in places lie Portugal with indifferent road surfaces and cobbled streets bodies shook to bits and buses like this Leyland Worldmaster were rebodied. As for the conductors on the Porto trolleybuses they had a lot more to do than just take fares!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Wilson of Carnwath C245 RSF Van-Hool Alizee

We all have differing tastes as to what looks smart and I rather liked this Van-Hool bodied Volvo B10M of Wilson's. I don't know which one despite te Scottish reg. but I'm rather partical to silver based liveries and I've a feeling the other colour was raspberry red. I've just looked it up and it was one of the biggest coach firms in Scotland based at Carnwath, Strathclyde. More recently with over forty vehicles (1986)  In 1963 Robert Wilson had just three coaches, a Commer, a Bedford and an Albion.