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, 28 July 2014

Badgerline G904 GWS: ECW or Leyland?

Badgerline used some of it's newest double-deckers on it's X39 Bristol to Bath service and the attractive livery seemed to suit this Bath based Leyland Olympian well. This was a late example and rather than the numerous ECW bodied buses this in fact might well have been bodied by Leyland itself. Indeed why have a quality bodybuilder with a long pedigree in Lowestoft when some 'Smart Alec' business planner can just close it down and find someone else to do it half as well. Indeed apart from Wright nobody today seems to build to that quality any more and even new buses seem ready to shake to bits.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

East Kent National NTN 84R at Ramsgate

There is always something rather memorable about a day at the seaside even if the weather often disappoints. This was one of those wonderful moody autumn days, the kind of day when there is no breeze and the air is full of lingering scents and smells and one feels nostalgic for all the other times which seemed to have that magic. Sadly there was nothing to clear the air which despite the weak October sunshine made it rather dull and poor for photography. East Kent Leyland National in NBC dual-purpose livery was seen in Ramsgate.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Exeter: Flying Solo to Pennsylvania

I'm not complaining but in Summer our more beautiful cities are invaded by tourists including many attractive students on exchange trips as happens at the Cathedral City of Exeter. Sadly those attractive green and cream Massey bodied Leyland PD2A's don't trundle down to places like Pennsylvania any more but one thing hasn't changed on this Stagecoach Optare Solo and that is they still use a letter instead of a number as happened in the Corporation days.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Former Highland Olympian with Ribble B896UAS

Strangely even though they now all carried those Stagecoach Stripes I still liked the former buses of it's Ribble area far more to say that of United Counties and other former BTC fleets. I'm sure some of it is because at my favourite places I try to savour the past, and besides there were still plenty of echoes of earlier times even though most of that was from the NBC years. Leylands were still about in abundance when I took this view in the mid-Nineties, but Alexander RL bodied Olympian B896 UAS at Preston was a long way south from it's former haunts as I have a 1986 allocation for it at  the Highland Omnibus depot at Nairn.

Exeter: Jojo likes photographing buses and girls too

I don't have to ponder too long to think of the many advantages for being Jojo. Two of the less obvious is firstly women's loos are clean and spacious compared to a 'Gents' and I don't miss having to squeeze between two bolshy fellas or that annoying whistler in front of the fag butt and chewing gum depository urinal feeling rather uncomfortable and unable to empty my moments ago bursting bladder. Secondly part of my reason for enjoying life again is now I have this great little Cannon G12 Camera I'm getting back into photography. As street photography is what I like best being Jojo is far less intrusive than a man with a camera. Also most people don't even notice it and most of the others can't quite tell so no doubt the bored people who watch us in those CCTV rooms have no chance. Also the few who might realise I'm transgendered should leave me alone as they might feel it could be seen as sexual minority harassment. Now even though you might want to I'm not suggesting all the guys here on Flick should head off down to get kitted out at Ann Summers in a curly blond 'Dolly Parton Wig, pink PVC mini-skirt and fishnets as I do what  I have always done as Christopher and that is take pictures in a manner that is not too intrusive. Indeed it's just like being Jojo, one has to seem confident and purposeful otherwise it makes people and Big Brother annoyed and uneasy and they might just spoil your day!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Soldioring on in St Gallen

These old Sixties Swiss Saurer trolleybuses were still hard at work in St Gallen in the early Nineties. But despite their age like many buses from this country they went on to see service in poorer parts of the world.

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.