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, 22 July 2014

Tavistock Stalwart C.J Down of Mary Tavy

With so many once familiar names gone it's good to see a familiar name hard at work in Tavisock. Like many of these smaller firms they get about a bit as they have done work for National Express. With their liking for this personalised Brighton registration series it's a shame they didn't just buy some Southdown Harrington Cavalier bodied Leopards and get something for nothing.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Ikarus in Pula PU577-43

An unusual Ikarus in Pula

Peake's at Pontypool ARN 598C

Ribble had a large number of these BET style 'same at both ends' Leopards so it's hardly surprising that secondhand examples later appeared with private operators all over Britain. Peake's ARN598C had Marshall bodywork and was seen at Pontypool in about 1980.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silcox: Welsh visitors to Tavistock

Although still only Silcox by name it was nice to see this well known Welsh operator still visiting Devon. The old folks were getting good service too being picked up outside the Bedford Hotel because other coaches made them trek down to the nearby coach park.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Abbot Coach Travel in Tavistock

I had to wait to get a decent picture here as plain white E16 ACT sitting on the tar-mac just wasn't interesting enough to justify  a photo. But this little bit of untidiness nearby made it a more interesting view and I just had to wait for the right person to come along to turn it into a pleasing image. I did get a shot of it coming out heading home from Tavistock to Newton Abbot but I don't suppose you want to see it, but the coach sounded like a Scania.

TGX 834M: London DMS with Chaserider

With it's overriding commitment to the Leyland National, NBC operators were starved on other types. This was the case at Midland Red North and a number of former London Buses Fleetlines arrived to buoy up the sparse double-decker fleet.

Friday, 18 July 2014

DAB's and a Volvo at Birkerod

In Denmark a pair of fairly new DAB Leylands and an Aabeneraa bodied Volvo at Birkerod in 1982.