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

Friday, 27 March 2015

BVP 807V: Stafford's Leyland National 2's

Stafford was the first Midland Red garage to get the later Leyland National 2 with the very different sounding 0.680 engine. We had Nos 807-811 which without that roof-pod were ideal for journeys to Lichfield which enountered a low railway bridge at Colwich.  Later they were joined by all the rest at MRN 812-814 from Shrewsbury and 823-825 from Tamworth and later Lichfield. But this was at the about the time they were bought out by Drawline and very soon most would be whisked away to places like Manchester and Merseyside.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CKE 167Y: Maidstone & District

After the break up of the NBC many operators strove for a fresh image whilst others like Maidstone and District  evolved more slowly creating something of  a hybrid effect. Indeed for a number of years City of Oxford didn't do much at all to rid it's deckers of that poppy-red effect. But even though the green was much lighter than in BET days  M&D seemed to have returned allbeit long passed it's heyday. Once the preserve of Victoria Coach Station It's commuter coaches were now probably even more familiar in Central London like this ECW B51 bodied Leyland Leopard.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

OOC Model of a Bradford City East Lancs bodied Daimler CVG6

It's time to thin out my diecast models again and amongst the candidates was this Bradford Daimler in the Corgi East-Lancs forward-entrance series. The trouble is I have most of them and this one always looks a bit wrong which might be because the blue is too dark. Anyway I'm sure you will be pleased to hear it's had a reprieve. lol

Friday, 20 March 2015

Crosville Wales Leyland Lynx F70 FKW

A frequent service for Crosville Wales was between Bangor and Caenarfon and which employed big buses including single-deckers like this former Chesterfield Lynx. When this green and white livery was introduced I didn't care for it much but as time went on rather like that of PMT it seemed to suit the fleet and it's area so there might be a bit of favoritism there on my part

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ribble: The New Fangled Come & Go but this old Half-Cab wants to Soldier On

Overrun with Leyland Nationals things had changed a great deal and no doubt many of the Ribble garage staff would have said not for the better since the last front-engined single deckers arrived in 1949. Indeed at least one of them had survived as a tow bus at Preston here in 1979 and was still able to show off the front section of it's attractive Burlingham bodywork.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Niddries of Middlewich

Gone now bought out by Bakers, Niddries of Middlewich is a firm I remember from my schooldays as I spent two terms at Great Budworth near Northwich at place called Belmont Hall and they were hired to take us to the New Cathedral in Liverpool for an evening schools concert. We had a Leyland 0400 powered Plaxton bodied Bedford VAL and I got myself banned from the front seat because talking I caused the driver to get lost in Warrington. As you might expect it was a good enough reason to find a new school!

PBC 101G: Leicester's 'Almost' ECW bodied Leyland Titan PD3's

Leicester City Transport was not keen on the Atlantean for after trying three in 1962 it only reluctantly ordering more in 1968 when the straightforward and trusty front engine Titan PD3 was about to be struck off by Leyland. Leicester liked to split it's body orders and the half with ECW bodies were also to have been PD3 Titans which would have been interesting as they would have been unique buses.