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

Saturday, 20 December 2014

National Express West Midlands Spectre T418UON

Christmas already! No it doesn't seem like yesterday when we were enjoying summer and I'm glad I took plenty of photographs. One day they're here and that will probably be the story of the MCW Spectre's at Wolverhampton as I can't see them lasting much longer. 4018 is seen on Stafford Street on one of their regular haunts the 33 to Northwood Park.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Maidstone Tin-Fronted PD2 No.12 412DKM

With both Leyland PD2's and Atlanteans bodied by Massey Brothers of Wigan the County Town of Kent became 100% this combination for a spell. The bodywork certainly suited the 'Midland Red' tin-front on 412 DKM making it look attractive despite the dirty winter slush early in 1968.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Nykobing Denmark STS

This is the town of Nykobing on the island of Falster to the south just across the water from Germany. The small town had a typical Danish mix of DAB-Leylands and Aabeneraa bodied Volvos. Waiting to depart outside the railway station in 1982, one wears a reddish livery often used on railway buses whilst the other one with the same owner is in a different livery for town work. Indeed Bybus means town bus.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Far from home: Truro Falmouth & District

When I was at Eagle Travel in Stafford we used to share the parking area with Coach Aid and alongside our old B-Reg Volvo was a much smarter Plaxton coach from Truro Falmouth and District. TIL 4710. Whether it was just a breakdown recovery of dealer stock I'm not certain as used vehicles passed through them all the time.

Monday, 8 December 2014

NOE 553R. Midland Red South

Taking photos of buses can cause plenty of interest and amusement. I think I'm also being given the two fingers by someone on the Leyland National as it unloads at Nuneaton, but never mind it didn't happen too often.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Manchester: I remember when Sunday was dead!

I remember when in Britain's towns and cities Sunday used to be very quiet, but now it's no longer a day of rest. I feel sorry for the local residents who now never get any peace. This was Manchester in August, but yesterday a December Saturday one could hardly move for bodies. I went to the Christmas Cracker but almost didn't make it for as it was icey I thought I would take a bus to Stafford Station. It shouldn't have gone that early but the bus didn't turn up and I realised I now might not get my train even if I ran. And I did, a whole mile in wig and boots and just made it as the train was a couple of minutes late. It was a good thing I took some make-up with me as when I got to the museum it had all washed off as I was still perspiring heavily all the way to Stoke. A nice day though, bought a Gt Yarmouth Atlantean and the new Cumberland all-Leyland Royal Tiger coach. A real bonus though I also picked up a couple of Ian Allan ABC 'British Bus Fleets' from 1963 for a quid each, always useful for looking things up and I don't worry about a few underlinings. Indeed the dealers should charge more as we could never go back and spot them ourselves, so they did us a favour. lol

Better known as a budget long distance express service people must have forgotten why Stagecoach started 'Magic Bus'. When cut-throat competition was rife they repainted older vehicles like this Alexander Dennis W645 RND into this livery to offer cheaper fares along student corridors without tarnishing the main brand. Despite that I still think they look quite smart.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Key Coachways NWG 113F

A highly unusual vehicle to see in Stafford was this Albion Viking with Alexander Y-Type bodywork and still more or less in Midland Scottish blue livery complete with depot plate. Whether S is for Stepps or more likely Stirling I couldn't tell you without doing a bit of research but it's new base was Rugeley as Key Coachways had started a lengthy Saturday shoppers service to Telford.