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

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Massey Bodied Atlantean on the Tonbridge Road EKP 228C

In my old digs, for the year unbelievably having Maidstone's Atlanteans going passed both ways every three and four minutes during the day makes it hardly surprising that I became a big Massey Brothers fan and of these rather conservative  'County Town Corporations'. No the buses were not as classy as the more traditional more rounded bodies found on the Corporation Leyland PD2's which also went chugging passed to and from the garage usually on service but the Atlanteans had a quirky charm and certainly in their early years were very free of annoying rattles unlike even the new buses of today. In those days I would never have guessed that later in their lives they would show up again in my life this time with Stevenson's of Uttoxeter who had about half a dozen of the twenty strong boxy fleet. Very rare buses they were too as apart from one or even two that went to the A1 Group in Ayrshire Colchester was the only other exponent.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Happy Days XWC 18 or is it 18 XWC?

I'm afraid I'm the only one on the trip who never saw a horse but on the other hand some of the lads might have only seen the bar. No a local bookie organised this trip for his best punters lol, I just went to York for the buses. Interestingly Happy Days also had XWC 18 another similar Neoplan and I wonder how many times when writing it down drivers got them mixed up

Monday, 25 July 2016

Secondhand Buses at Potters Bar GBU 5V

I remember as a youngster going to Potters Bar garage and seeing nothing apart from the ubiquitous RT. How things had changed by the late Eighties as not only was London Buses buying partly used secondhand buses rather than flogging them off, Potters Bar seemed to become a gathering place for as well as it's indigenous LT Metrobuses it gathered Volvo/Ailsa products, Scanias, and even Metrobuses from places like West Yorkshire PTE and as here Greater Manchester.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Terravision YT10 WLD

An Irizar bodied Terravision coatch loads in Manchester on the service to Liverpool Airport. I don't know why because the weather is lovely but I wish I was flying off somewhere at the moment.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Wet Wet Wet at Bretonside

What a wet shocker in Plymouth, but as this Plaxton Paramount 3500 on Rapide 531 prepares to leave for distant Newcastle on Tyne I don't think the weather would be any better up there either just colder. I think it was  Christmas 1987 and I was down there for my mothers funeral so pretty miserable all round ready. As for the coach it was a lot more interesting than it looked for despite Northern on the side it was only on loan being part of the Yorkshire Traction fleet and an uncommon Leyland Royal Tiger delivered new as A72 YDT.

It might not be a real Diamond but it will take you for a ride

You never have to wait long for a bus from Bloxwich to Walsall it's amazing what a little competition will do to boost the service, the trouble is it often leaves other areas under resourced. Almost in town the girl on her phone takes the healthy option and walks anyway but there do seem to be more than it's fair share of overweight people often with mobility problems in the Black Country. The Diamond carries fleet number 30834 but I think you will find they don't have that many buses lol.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

JJD 451D: Read all about it!

It looks like RML 2451 spent all it's working life in the London Transport Country Area, and even here at Victoria in the heart of red bus London it was still in worn shades of green and in use as a trainer from Hatfield.