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, 29 August 2016

Fishwick's Leyland National NFR 559T

Sometimes when going through old photographs looking for things to scan I come across an undiscovered gem which when enlarged comes to life. That is what happened with this image of a Fishwick's Leyland National dancing between the shadows cast by buildings in Preston. I've scanned a large copy of it too my tribute to a much missed operator.

Everything Spotless in Bath

Even I can see what type of coach body this one is, an Irizar at least. Jojo is not someone who doesn't use things I hate to be wasteful so it's good to be able to use that much neglected 'z' on my keyboard and worth ten valuable point in a game of Scrabble lol. White coaches are boring but it still makes a perfect base colour and this one looks superb with light red relief that goes with the lines and neat designer graphics so much nicer than that Gee-Vee coach I uploaded the other day. Worthing Coaches sound like a proper name too but someone will probably come back and say they are a London firm or something like that.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Gee Vee

I'm afraid I find it hard to get too enthusiastic about coaches these days and this one whatever it might be is no exception. Impressive it may be but the colours are a bit yucky as is 'Gee Vee' and the rather heavy and dated type-face. My guess is it's Neoplan, it usually is when I don't like something. Still it looks cheerful and clean and memorable which is half the battle I suppose.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Western Scottish Seddon KS2650 at Coventry

One of the less likely vehicles one was likely to see at Pool Valley in Coventry in 1979 was this Alexander bodied Seddon based some distance away at the Western Scottish garage at Kilmarnock.

Farewell to Plymouth: First 33420

No I don't suppose under normal circumstances I will be going to Plymouth again which is a pity as I've been many many times. Still as the years have gone by the experience has been watered down and even though I'm not a huge First Bus fan they were rather less dull than Stagecoach whose much more modern fleet seems to lack variety, indeed it is the same wherever one goes these days. Lets be thankful there are still other things to take photographs of like in this view taken last Summer.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A DSB DAB in Kolding

With the exception of Copenhagen's PTE HT with 1250 buses in 1986, the Danish Railways or as they were known DSB was the largest bus fleet in Denmark. Unlike many Danish operators which nixed a fairly balanced Volvo Aabeneraa and DAB fleet, the Silkeborg Leyland factory had only supplied them with about twenty of the almost six-hundred strong fleet and one of the second batch was seen in Kolding.

Monday, 22 August 2016

A Birkenhead Daimler Fleetline RCM 507

In comparison with the droves of Leyland Atlanteans there were far fewer Fleetlines built with this original style of MCW bodywork perhaps mainly because by the time this Daimler arrived there was a lot more choice of body styles. These nine buses were a sole purchase for Birkenhead as really I'm sure it wanted to stick to it's tried and trusted Massey Leyland PD2 combination. There seems to be plenty of forward ventilation provided for the crew but not so much for the passengers upstairs.