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
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
Green Bus of Great Wryley
Warstone's of Great Wyrley started as a country operator and as well as working a few more profitable bits around Cannock it's main function seemed to be providing services to small villages either side of the A5 right along to the Shropshire Border. During the Nineties with Deregulation it grew with importance around the Cannock Chase Coalfield Communities too taking on the likes of Midland Red Chaserider. But I cannot understand why it should have since forfeited these profitable urban routes to once more concentrate on the marginal stuff, maybe they sold their share of work around Cannock, Hednesford and Wolverhampton to the larger Concern. At one time it famously ran Leyland PD3 double-deckers long after they had disappeared elsewhere but now even it's equally famed former Municipal Leyland Leopards have all but gone too and the main fleet is of rather more mundane but still attractive Mercedes Minibuses. But before the Leopards came, a number of Leyland Tiger Cubs arrived including a nice pair from Burnley and Pendle dating from 1964. In the early days they were regularly to be seen in Stafford when they visited on Market Days on the back route to Penkridge via Acton Trusell.