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, 17 January 2017

A Bit of a Chill in Gothenborg

Still just below freezing it was a lovely sunny January day in Gothenborg but freezing cold nights have left slivers of glass-like ice everywhere as Wiima bodied Volvo 146 plies it's way through the centre. However we were told that this was very mild for the time of year here.

Bee-Line-Buzz ECW Olympian D824 UTF

Seen in High Wycombe and branded in yellow and red for the fast 15 service to Reading this Leyland Olympian also carried route details for the X14. I am not so sure the modified design of there ECW bodied double-deck coaches was any more attractive than the earlier more angular buses which had a certain distinctive look, but very few of these were built and were much less common.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Crosville from Merseyside PTE Daimler Fleetline

A shortage of buses obviously led to the Crosville buying this MCW bodied Daimler Fleetline which was quickly pressed into service still in Merseyside colours. If I remember rightly when delivered this batch went across the Mersey to the Wirral and entered service in a blue 'Birkenhead' version of the PTE colours.

Purple Motors of Bethesda UMG 230F AEC Reliance

One of the best known Independent's in North Wales was Purple Motors of Bethesda .As was frequent in Wales the mostly secondhand fleet was on Bedford, Leyland and as here AEC. This Plaxton bodied Reliance was one of two which came from Essex County Coaches in 1976-7.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Arrival VDL 3043 MX10 CZG in Liverpool

There is not a lot to choose between the major bus groups interest wise but they do have different vehicle preferences, and it's a matter of taste but I much prefer Arriva's Wright bodies to the Enviro favoured by Stagecoach. National Express uses them on our Stafford 54 Service and they are always chilly and uncomfortable in comparison. As for these I always like the sounds of a VDL more than the Volvo but as my friend Adrian calls it on the Volvo there is the naughty seat right at the front. It's a shame they all rattle like hell especially at the front and in that respect the modern bus has gone backwards as only an elderly Black Country Daimler Fleetline DD11 could rattle and shake more along with the  lightweight Orion. Even the BMMO S13 wasn't that bad but I do remember our Stafford bus 3886 was always referred to as "the old rattle box."

Friday, 13 January 2017

La Chaux du Fonds to Biufond by Post Bus

Everything is so clean and tidy in much of Switzerland even the snow looks as though it was planned and managed. Sparkling in the winter sunlight was a PTT Saurer RH of 1983 and bodied by Tuscher of Zurich. I know it might seem a bit daft to some spending a whole weeks holiday seeking out post buses I hadn't seen including this one but at least I visited some attractive and interesting places most British holidaymakers had never been to or heard of. The was the La Chaux du Fonds in the Jura district close to the French border and is the area famed for that Swiss top quality watchmaking.

C201 PCD: Southdown Mercedes with Western National

I rather liked this blue and cream livery of Western National, not only was it distinctive but seemed to fade with sun like the numerous painted walls in the South West. Sadly like Plymouth Citibus they went a bit mini-bus mad and this example found it's way here to Plymouthfrom the Southdown fleet.