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

Thursday, 23 October 2014

VDV 819. Nothing Straightforward at Exeter

I understand Devon Geneal was unable to operate 30ft deckers like it's Atlanteans in Exeter till the end of the Sixties and I imagine this was in the terms of it's area agreement with the city council. Devon General certainly entered into the spirit of it and getting rare elsewhere within the BET had dedicated batches of these AEC Regents with open platforms to run alongside the similar Corporation buses on city services. Here 819 advertised DG's own Grey Cars coach fleet but it had close links with Greenslades too who bought the time expired coaches, and who was also based here. Though not such a great presence in the city S/W. National had it's head office here as well..

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blue Bus of Horwich LBZ 4071

As well as buying new double-deckers a feature of Blue Bus of Horwich was it's fleet of elderley Leyland Leopards of which some like this example seen in Bolton had been rebodied to East Lancs of Blackburn.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

First & Arriva Deckers Return to Stafford Streets

In Midland Red BMMO days fairly rural Stafford was unusual before the arrival of OPO in having a tiny single-deck allocation which might explain the fact that out of 219 S14's it only ever saw three examples. Today the local Arriva depot workshop can't accommodate any deckers but not only does First Bus now use some on the 101 Hanley service, Arriva from Cannock also run in their case four similar Wright bodied Volvos out of Cannock on the 74-75 up to the Hospital, buses that have recently been displaced from the Tamworth 110 Service like 4203 seen here on the Weston Road.

Friday, 17 October 2014

BVG 3006 with overall advertising for Bosse at Steglitz

In the same way the red London Transport area contains towns completely surrounded by urban sprawl and suburbia like Croydon and Romford, the same was true of the old West Berlin. The biggest of these is  bustling Steglitz and here I photographed one of the better designed of the then prevalent advertising liveries for Bosse on otherwise ubiquitous MAN Wagon-Union 3006 with the bus behind having wrap-round between decks advertising acting like a modified livery..

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wood of Mirfield KTD 551C at Wakefield

Canny Independents have always managed to take advantage of buying newish time-expired demonstrators not only being able to modernise their often elderly fleets but whether they like it or not putting them on the enthusiast trail. I remember seeing this Park Royal bodied Atlantean when it was on trial with Brighton Corporation in January 1967 where it's mostly white Sheffield inspired livery made up stand against the familiar town's local reds and greens.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Eastern Scottish Volvo Ailsa Alexander VV 782

Edinburgh had some splendid buses to match the imposing scenery for as you can see I'm something of a fan for the Volvo Ailsa like CSG 782S.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Metro Shuttle Bus Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester Piccadilly Station, one last photo before catching my train. I presume this Optare Versa belongs to Stagecoach.