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

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Final Haunts of the Bristol FS

In about 1981-2 Wrexham Bus Station was a good place to catch some of the last Bristol FS Lodekkas some of which looked in very good condition like DFG 220.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Greater Manchester South:Leyland Olympian ANA9Y

By now part of the divided GM fleet readied for Privatisation was a southern Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympian 3009 passing through it's home town of Stockport on it's way to Manchester.

Hurrah for the Double-Decker: First A07 DXX in Stafford

For a number of years the good old double-decker was pretty much extinct in Stafford but both First and Arriva have cascaded a few Wright bodied Volvos to their local depots that do the trunk runs into the town

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Things we Pick-Up at Model Fairs

As opposed to normal retail outlets half of the joy of going to charity shops or model fairs is not just often great bargains but the surprising things we might find. I just about remember seeing a photo of this model but I hadn't seen it in my travels before. Sadly this Atlas Corgi range has it's shortcomings but apart from the East Yorkshire dual-purpose blue being rather too dark it doesn't look too bad apart from the front destination box being on the small side. Normally I tend to shun anything that doesn't look quite right but there's something about quirky Corgis that give them a bit of charm and it wasn't at all bad for six-quid. Besides when I was a youngster living close to Victoria Coach Station I remember the real things when they were new and they did look attractive.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Y729TOH: TWM Dennis Trident

Because some buses have been around so many years an acceptance becomes fondness and then when their number start to dwindle they become favourites. National Express Travel West Midlands has a reputation for running elderly buses but in good condition like this Y-Reg Alexander 400 bodied  Dennis Trident so typical of the fleet but despite it's smart appearance it must be almost sixteen years old which is twice the age of the oldest Stagecoach buses. Upstairs they seem a bit spartan a bit like a modern version of the shaky bodied MCW Orion of my youth but they do make some enjoyable sounds that still remind me a bit of the much more tuneful and much missed Metrobus also to be found in numbers at Wolverhampton.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

F14 BUS: Nice Reg but old Coach

The other Sunday I went up to Manchester for the Trans Lancs Rally in Heaton Park but a newer but most unusual vehicle was to be found picking up outside Piccadilly Station on a rail replacement for First heading for Mansfield.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

GLJ 871N: Alton Bus Running Day

I'm not a huge fan of sparkling pristine buses all parked up in a field somewhere but when it comes to a bus running day I like to be there for even though it is never quite the same experience they live again with sounds and interiors which bring more memories flooding back like this former Hants and Dorset Leyland National at Alton.