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, 22 May 2015

The Ambassador Sends his Compliments

By the end of the Eighties the Plaxton bodied Volvo B10M had become the norm for National Express work. Having said that there were a few Scania's too and of course the odd dwindling newer example of the Leyland Tiger like this one G109 HNG belonging to Ambassador leaving Victoria Coach Station for Cromer. Ambassador was by now a dated and meaningless sort of name once embraced by often two-bit coach firms to make their coaches sound posh and luxurious. However I  like the idea of some diplomat's female staff wearing a tight but not too short dress and expensive stockings busy  dishing out champagne and Ferrero Rocher to the pensioners with their boiled sweets or back-packers with their crisps and bottle of pop on the boring journey to Norfolk.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

1521: Welcome to Berlin

In the Eighties BVG the Berlin bus operator had a smart blue and gold painted fleet of MAN buses which in theory did most of the journeys on the Number Nine service from the Zoo to Tegal airport. It was not very fast as the business people and tourists had to mingle with others doing a short hop and it could get very congested with all the luggage too. Of course on did mind all that hassle when they were arrival but on the return trip it was annoying.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Midland Red Willowbrook 003 Leyland BVP800V

One of Midland Red's Leyland Leopards with unpopular Willowbrook 003 bodywork was seen at Coventry Pool Meadow with another Leopard of Harry Shaw in the background.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Laurel & Hans in Berlin

There is budget coach travel and then there is real budget coach travel. This firm whose name escapes me with it's collection of elderly ECW bodied Bristol FLF's and then VR's used to do trips to Europe for I imagine young back-packers. Of course having to cross the Channel makes a lot of these capitals like Berlin seem a lot further away than they are but I'm sure I would have a sore bum and be looking forwards to a good nights sleep after a six-hundred mile ride on this old former Eastern Scottish decker LFS 285F.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Driver Training in Steglitz

After Reunification Berlin needed a number of extra buses I expect to replace the BVB East Berlin Ikarus fleet. Tenders were also put out to contractors too which I imagine this Mercedes-Benz belonged as it had a Berlin registration.

Monday, 11 May 2015

D502 LNA: A Big Orange Lynx is a Lemon

Not a particularly juicy one though and I wonder how effective the wipers were on this Lynx when one side was wrapped around the front pillar. After Greater Manchester was split into two and sold off it is interesting to see how they fared. As usual Stagecoach modernised with ruthless efficiency but for the enthusiast at least First was the most interesting as older types bellowed  and rattled on in various shades of orange or grey. 1402 from Bolton was at the end of it's long run to Manchester Airport on what is now the car park for Terminal One, somewhere most days I had to hurry in and out of in ten-minutes flat otherwise my employer had to pay. Obviously Greater Manchester was not smitten with this bus realising it was something of a lemon and only bought a trial batch of five buses.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

RM 450: There Will Always Be An England

Let's hope so for along with so-called Invisible Earnings like Banking and those multinationals who choose to keep their factory production here, the Royal Family and it's positive effect on the tourist industry is a great money spinner for the U.K. Even the trusty Routemaster is such a huge icon we can't quite get rid of them and despite the stickers RM 450 still looked very smart in London Coaches livery here at the end of the Eighties as it made stately progress along Whitehall.