BUSWORLD PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Saturday, 25 April 2015

GHY 137K: Badgerline's Glorious Bristol RELL's

Usually when I feel nostalgia for a place if it's a large town or city it's usually double-deckers that spring to mind but Bristol is a exception as favourites of mine in Bristol were Badgerline's Bristol RE's which made that glorious booming sound as they exited Marlborough Street Bus Station.

Friday, 24 April 2015

TWM 2989: Remembering Wolverhampton Buses

As well as creating a bit of variety it is always of interest to see newer buses in liveries from the past. Unfortunately most of them don't quite hit the mark as the donor vehicles are not suitable or my guess is they often get some graphic artist to dress them up in basically the same colours. But Travel West Midlands did a number of buses in the various Corporation colours and they were so realistic they could almost pass for the real thing. I suspect the job was carried out in the Works by craftsmen who remembered exactly how they were. Wolverhampton's MCW Metrobus 2989 looked just right covered in rain.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Brand New Prague Tram 8614

When I was last there in 1996 Prague was taking delivery of a new generation of trams.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

ARE508Y: My first trip on a Leyland Tiger

A mate of mine used to be able to get us onto trips like this one organised by some lads from Michelin of Stoke to Amsterdam. Here we had a couple of hours in Brugges which was ruined as it coincided with a downpour. I was looking forward to seeing what a Tiger was like, and even though I grew quite fond of them later, at that time I found the Tiger of  Procter of Fenton sounded a bit tame compared to a nice loud booming Leopard. This application of this stripy livery was quite trendy at the time and it appeared on a similarly bodied Stevenson's Leopard too as well as ARE508Y seen here.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Glossopdale

As well as the rather soulless corporate image that engulfed the bus industry in the Nineties there were some rather pleasing more simple liveries too which employed subtle colours and neat clear lettering like this Marshall bodied Dennis Dart seen at Stockport.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

ETG 113K: Vale of Llangollen

Vale of Llangollen was a well known coach operator but following Deregulation like many other Independent's it diversified into stage carriage work. I think I took this former Rhymney Valley Leopard in Mold or Denbigh.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Wash, Sweep and then a Pint

I always wondered where Blackpool people go in Summer and it looks like Abbott's Volvo B10M F727 VAC coach had just returned home from a trip to Bournemouth