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, 23 June 2017

WMT. 2026 A Very Lucky Bus For Me

Last week I was looking forwards to getting home as it was hot and chemo tires me out. But waiting for my 54 bus home to Stafford turned out to be a long wait as I stood at the bus stop for the best part of an hour waiting for it. When I caught the next hourly bus I asked what had happened and he told me it had been taken off because someone had pissed on one of the seats. I was happy with that anyway and it turned out the driver knew who I was one of  my 'Flickr Followers' So it wasn't such a bad day and i got a few more photos including this yet another Wright bodied Volvo but two of these photos is never quite the same. This bus West Midlands 2026 of Wolverhampton was where my purse fell out of my handbag but I quickly reporting it to the Bus Station Inspectors who radioed through and luckily the the driver found it for me as someone was sitting on it and it was returned plus the one-hundred-quid and credit cards. Phew, oh yes I might have to go a bit slower at the moment but life is never boring.

Foxhound chasing a Fox by the Bull Ring in Birmingham?

Some might see the dissolution of the various NBC companies as a farewell or more as interesting. We all had our favorites and some I never liked like Eastern National, but when they make an effort it was nice to see operators like the former Leicester area of Midland Red, now titled Midland Fox using a bit of imagination with it's Foxhound coaches like Duple Laser bodied Tiger BPR 108Y which came with British Bus or had it by then become Drawline from Pilgrim Coaches of Southampton. It had been the coach arm of Hants and Dorset and former NBC vehicles were being scattered everywhere. Midland Fox,Foxhound and even Foc Cun might have been nice names but not much to do with buses unless one had run over one.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Havel Bus P-AV-945

Not surprisingly in the old East Germany they were suspicious of cameras, especially the older folk but I never had any problems. Reunification meant the writing was on the wall for the ubiquitous Ikarus fleet and they were quickly replaced by buses like this typical MAN artic. One thing we Brits have to get used to is the well used cycle lanes where people feel safe enough to travel with a helmet.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

HT DAB 2054 in Copenhagen

It must be an age thing but often when I visit a place it's the oldest buses that catch my eye and gain affection. These DAB Leylands were nicely rounded and some dated from 1964 with examples still in service in 1982 from 1967. However 2054 was one of the last examples of this family of similar buses dating from October 1972 which went as far as 2058. However some had a bit more time as thy were being repainted.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Linclon Roe bodied Atlantean AVL 278C

Lincoln Corporation had two small batches of four Atlanteans with the favored Roe bodywork for most types. The 'unripened' apple green green colour was a bit dreary but like many Municipal buses the hand painted local advertisments always added a touch of quality.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Stagecoach SN16 OTC in Liverpool

Our city centres are a lot more clean than they used to be especially without all that coal smoke. But probably vehicle exhausts are just as big a health hazard, I say plant more of those trees. From an enthusiasts point of view because Stagecoach run such a modern standardised fleet there isnothing worth chasing after unless of course Alexander-Dennis Enviro SN16 OTC No.15067 is about to be move down to Exeter. As you can see our Sundays are almost as busy as during the week with shoppers.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western National Bristol VR AFJ 702T at Bretonside

For me bus nostalgia was for the pre-PTE and NBC era with by later standards smartly turned out vehicles. So I let most of Seventies with it's Leyland Nationals wash over me but I particularly enjoyed that 'Indian Summer' we had following Deregulation till the last of the good of British buses departed. One place I will miss is Plymouth Bretonside where there was to be enjoyed the Gardner whine from Bristol VR's with each one sounding slightly different whether singing along or just boomy and all accompanied by the squawking of the seagulls to give that cornish pasty a bit of seaside relish.