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, 30 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
With Deregulation Happy Days Coaches of Woodseaves near Stafford reminded us of it's former days as G.H Austin when it started buying second-hand buses again. As before most were Leylands but a couple of rare sixty-one seat high-capacity Wadham Stringer bodied Bedford YMT's appeared from Maidstone Borough Council including TKM 111X. To be truthful thses buses and usually shorther were not exactly rare as the British Forces and other none PSV users had them but they were ceratinly not common as a service bus.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
A spotter who is sick of London is sick of it!
But it was certainly an exciting prospect for me when we first came to stay for our yearly short-week holiday in the Sixties. Even when my parents rested their aching feet at the Ivenhoe nearby I was posted notebook in hand on this corner of Gt Russell Street. That was a long time ago and it was 1962, no RM's on the 73, just RM 4** series on the 127 and very early double-digit ones from Poplar on the 23 crossing towards Holborn. Of course I was still a bit too young to dally with the likes of Christime Keeler and Mandy Rice Davis so instead reluctantly I had daily wonderful Red Rover adventures and I filled no less than sixty-three pages and 'copped' someting like 1500 buses that week.Some going and especially when by the end of the week I must have seen the one's coming passed the hotel far more than just once crossing them off the list.
Anyway that's what I told the lady traffic warden I had to do who was busy writing out a ticket as I had left the car for literally a few moments close to the Bus Station on double-yellows to just catch these two beauties, a former Trent Leyland National2, and a rarer former Eastern National Alexander bodied Tiger. Somehow I got a way with it, maybe she felt sorry for me imagining it all running down my leg! LOL
I'm pleased I did though as Southern National was by this time part of the First Group, and soon this pleasant lettuce-green and cream livery with it's hints of Southdown would soon be replaced by boring old Barbi and very horrid Barbi2. Really I should have stopped longer as not only in Taunton quite nice it's quite a trek down the A38 to return to the quickness of the M5 motorway southwards
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
...developing them liked to put his dirty paws on my Ilford Sporty negatives. Still even with bus missing too I have to say that as nice as it is to see these wonderfully restored machines parked together on the grass or even on the road somehow it's not quite the same as how they were in their day. From school in Somerset my range adventurously Sunday- hitch-hiking took me not much further than Petersfield where I think this was outstationed at the Southdown garage.
Monday, 19 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Overseen by local 'characters' selling the Express & Star', working a service in the old Midland Red 'Black Country' 2** series is West Midlands 1850 TVP8 50S a Leyland National boarding at Wolverhapton Bus Station for Dudley. The letters PL tell us that the vehicle is allocated here to Park Lane Garage.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
A POPS rally at PMT's long since closed Hanley Clough Street Garage in the mid Eighties.Local Potteries concern Hall's Coaches turned up with no less than three AEC Reliance Coaches including the former Western Welsh 145 a Harrington Grenadier and even nicer KTC 330C.
When the First Group adopted it's Barbi colours for the entine bus fleet a number of attractive liveries were lost and a few shockers too. One of the least attractive was that found on Bradford's buses, and at that time towards the end of the Nineties on plentiful Olympians which I'm sure making those once familiar Gardner engine sounds we are starting to miss.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
The various contractors brought with them some much needed vehicle variety to National Express in the Eighties. Amongst the delights were these at the time rather futuristic looking Bova's like VWX 370X operated by Wallace Arnold on it's foray into express work. They were a partner in the British Coachways consortium which was formed to rival National Express but it failed not helped by poor facilities like the open-air car park London terminus at King's Cross which was not a patch well-appointed central Victoria Coach Station. So Wallace Arnold's interest mean't it got involved in Rapide work for a while.