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

Monday, 30 November 2015

Right Colour but hardly as graceful as a Blue Bird

The Blue Bird school bus hardly looks as though it can fly in either sense of the word but it metal cage looks look even more out of place wearing Stagecoach livery and out on the historic streets of Chester but it is this sort of thing that adds a bit of interest to the day.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Trying to Dodge the Dodges in Plymouth

It was very difficult to Dodge the Dodges for minibuses seemed to have taken-over every town but today it seems hard to imagine how chaotic it was during the minibus boom or just in some cases almost madness. Perhaps it was a cheap quick fix with rubbish wages and low paid young drivers but there were successes too as the small bread vans grew bigger till midi-buses were replaced by full-sized vehicles again but at the same time the rapid frequency of buses was cut back and the old status quo returned to previous frequencies.

JVV 267G Bus Enthusiasts are a fickle lot

In Lincoln a beautiful pristine Northampton Corporation Roe bodied Daimler CVG6 not only gives rides but sits waiting for custom  so I wonder what wonderful historic gem the people in the queue await, a Leyland Gnu perhaps, maybe an AEC Q, a Birmingham RT or even a BMMO FEDD but I'm not going to join them for it might well just be a disappointingly dull re-engined RML or even a Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer lol. But no life would be boring if we all liked the same things. This was the last traditional half-cab Daimler bus built.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Chur Town Bus GR 40028

This Volvo in the Swiss town of Chur carries typical bodywork of the late Seventies early Eighties period.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Digbeth: Where once Leopards used to Tread

Excepting Victoria Coach Station in London of course,  situated right at the heart of England the city of Birmingham and it's former Midland Red Digbeth Coach Station is the obvious place for National Express coaches to meet rand passengers to head off in different directions. What could once be called a  Royal Blue coach, Western National Leyland Leopard Plaxton 2427 was leaving on the long trip to Perranporth in Cornwall many hours away.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Coach Aid to the Rescue

Arriva seems to have a policy of running some of it's older buses regardless of faults just waiting for them to break down in the road like BF52 OAE a Wright bodied VDL seen in Stafford off the 76 Wolverhampton service. Another one has also been running out of Wednesfield Garage with perhaps a loose engine mounting which causes the rear seating to shake violently each time to bus engages gear before pulling away, worse still for other road users there must be a small diesel leak too.

H856 GRE A PMT Leyland Lynx going to Butt Lane

A PMT Leyland Lynx enters Stoke on their regular haunt the long 24 when it was still quite new these buses were bought for comparison alongside the Optare Delta. Not that either got any more orders but on nearly all counts the Optare was the most attractive machine for the Lynx suffered from a number of problems including build quality and another problem for by this time it was a Leyland when it was a spent force just muddling along.