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, 3 March 2015

Frontline XUB671Y bound for Rugeley

Looking rather smart in a fresh coat of red paint complete with gold lettering was this Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard of Frontline seen in Birmingham and bound for Rugeley.  I thought it was KUB 671V but it is in fact XUB 671Y, it's a good thing my bus spotting days are long gone. lol

Monday, 2 March 2015

E823 HBF: Even the bad times a good?

We all seem to have a tendency to give the past a rosy glow, but even when in the Nineties we could still enjoy once familiar bus types the down side of Deregulation was very much part of the scene, horrendous Dodge minibuses like this PMT example in Hanley, depot closures, and asset-striped fleets topped up with unwanted buses from elsewhere. One or two made a fortune from the 'refreshing world of change' but it was not a happy time for busmen who put up with a lot as they didn't know who they would be working for or whether they would have a job tomorrow.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Berlin in a Hurry! VIP Bus Service or Nippy Bus Service

Unimaginable then but today they are more likely to flood in from China than Japan, but in the Eighties they had a head start as touristic areas of West Berlin down by the Wall near Checkpoint Charlie etc were already being covered in tall concrete blocks and untidy roadworks just like Tokyo City.

Friday, 27 February 2015

JJD 236D: Penny for your thoughts

I don't know which was greatest spirit lifter, the fleeting thought of winning that fortune on the pools or admiring the way the attractively painted Kentish Bus RML 2536 lifts the rain sodden scene as it dodges the puddles on the Charing Cross Road. I think this was my favourite Ray Stenning livery

Thursday, 26 February 2015

North Western Citybus at Preston

The period following Deregulation was interesting as the bus industry went in different directions. Some new groupings had a very individual feel like the Drawline Group which not only introduced some interesting liveries it owned East Lancs Coachbuilders which meant most new buses were bodied in house but wore totally different colours. They also liked Dennis products and similarly bodied Volvos like this  Citybus leaving Preston Bus Station for Ormskirk.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Staffordian Ribble Leopard

This is my first post for a while as my previous computer finally died. So I'm starting again with a coach I liked as Staffordian Travel operated this former Ribble Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard which having a straight-through exhaust made some delicious sounds.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Leicester R Series Metrobus at Loughborough

Corrosion was the biggest problem with the MCW Metrobus so I imagine the outside Scotland not so common Alexander R Series bodied variant was a much better bus, they certainly looked good in their day. Following Deregulation Leicester City Bus found themselves well outside the city such as here at a rather dreary Loughboriugh Bus Station still with it's old concrete shelters.