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, 14 January 2009

Stevenson's: London Fleetline in the snow

London Transport didn't like them but Stevenson's of Spath (Uttoxeter) certainly did and these cheap up-to-date rear-engined buses did much to help with the modernisation and more fundamentally the expansion of the fleet including the takeover of the Burton-on-Trent operation of East Staffs Borough Council. This bold 'Starskey and Hutch' application of the yellow, black and white livery gave these otherwise dull boxy buses a certain flair. This former London DM class Daimler Fleetline carried bodywork by Park Royal, moving to Staffordshire in 1979 where even though they might not have been good enough for London streets they were able to handle both the local hills and winter snow.

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