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, 7 November 2008

West Midlands PTA

Two of the once vast fleet of West Midlands PTA's Daimler Fleetlines negociate the Bull Ring Roundabout in the centre of Birmingham. 1978 built MCW bodied No.6648 was fairly typical of the later buses but 6263 was rather more interesting. This Alexander bodied example came to WM along with their services and garages in the PTA area which included Midland Red's profitable densely populated heartland called the Black Country. Once with a dual-entrance but still carrying it former number 6263 came from the final batch of 33 of these D13 Fleetlines delivered in 1970-1 and as most of them had been allocated here and to garages like Sutton Coldfield the vast majority ended up in the PTA's not unattractive dark blue and cream.

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