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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dennis Loline 462 EOT at Reading

After the MAP survey did a Doctor Beeching axe job on the NBC companies not only were rural routes cut but in some cases so many not too old buses were withdrawn operators like Alder Valley were only left with less interesting stock, VR's, Nationals, and Leopard coaches. When I visited the garage at Reading it's large yard was packed with a lot of the good stuff  awaiting disposal including this survivor an Alexander bodied Dennis Loline from Aldershot and District, These buses had been gone a year or two by 1981 but 462 EOT lasted a bit long as a yellow training vehicle. This photo might have been my goodbye to it but thankfully it has been saved and in the safe hands of preservationists who have restored it to it's former glory.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

No Business When There IS No Snow-Business!

One of the problems for communities in the Alps that rely on tourists who come to ski is there can be just too much snow or as we can see at Schiers where a Saurer post bus belonging to the local PTT contractor waits (PAH) there can be nothing and they get decent amounts here and nearby in Davos and Klosters. The skiers often get around the problem of no snow by changing their resorts or perhaps by being sensible like me and just taking a bus or rail trip without the need to get too cold. But I have been in this region when the snow was so deep it derailed the narrow-gauge train near Filisur was derailed for some time and it caused all the connecting parts to run late as well which is something very rare in Switzerland. But it was a terrible year for heavy snowfall and shortly after I left just over the border in Austria an avalanche swept a whole village away.

Monday, 20 February 2017

200 ECJ: One of the Gems at Edwards of Joys Green

I remember seeing this and taking a photograph of her an  AEC Reliance with then ultra-modern curved BET style screen and it must have somewhat put the rather plain Midland Red S14's to be found in Hereford Bus Station to shame. By the Eighties it was still to be found quite close to the Welsh border having moved from Yeoman's but now it had moved from The Welsh Marches to the Forest of Dean. I must say it still looked smart here in service with Edward's of Joys Green and I would say it had a Willowbrook body.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Happy Days former Yates Runcorn Leopard DTU 47S

When I was younger and yes buses were more interesting anyway I was guilty of ignoring a lot of the local vehicles just because they were familiar and if they did find themselves in front of the lens it was most likely I was trying to finish off the film. But later I was much more conscious of this and fortunately as I stood at my now long gone favorite spot at Goal Square in Stafford along came Happy Days Plaxton Supreme bodied Leopard DTU 47S which I believe started life with Yates of Runcorn.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Three Varieties of Orange in Manchester

Well it was about 1999 or 2000 here at Piccadilly Bus Station in Manchester as the former Greater Manchester North and south fleets became absorbed by their new owners from the major groups. The NC bodied Daimler Fleetline of GMN from Atherton Garage had been part of Lancashire United, whilst behind it is a similar bodied bus but this time it was an Atlantean of GMS which was now with Stagecoach who had enriched the fleet with their typical striped Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians which arrived new. Bringing up the rear was another NC bodied example this time I think a DAF of Wall's another operator whose smart fleet would soon to pass to Stagecoach as well.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Missed it: On Never Mind Another 1000 Coming Along

Very much of their time and after they had all been delivered in 1984 these MAN-Bussing and later MAN double deckers very much dominated the West Berlin BVG bus fleet. Deliveries started in 1974 and it accumulated well over a thousand of them (1090). But at least their rather bland appearance suited the similar post-war architecture around the Ku-dam. 2893 of 1977 was heading for Britz coming from the main Zoo Bahnhof terminus nearby and the 73 was one of any number of long bus routes one could enjoy in those days.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bexleybus NC bodied Leyland Olympian E924 KYR

Looking back maybe I should have used my child's red rover ticket to visit more green country area garages as some of them could be accessed by a red central area bus. But the reality of it was it did take a few hours to reach these from Bloomsbury where our hotel was but I still remember taking this the No.96 to Dartford and it was an RT in those days.RF's. By the Nineties LT Buses had been broken up and broken up again and surprisingly Bexleybus was operating exactly the same buses in the same livery as in Eastbourne which I always found odd. No doubt one of you will tell us the story behind this coincidence but these NC bodied Leyland Olympians did look quite attractive in their blue and cream. However like many situations at the time it did not last long so it's fortunate whilst working that I parked up for a few minutes to take a couple of pictures. On the other hand as I used to deliver electricty meters to the LEB here they might have been on lunch and I went for a stroll. My memory must be escaping me lol but it was a few years ago!