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, 21 September 2018

Hereford a Midland Red Wanderward Bus in the rain

Taking bus photographs in the rain is a challenge in itself, not least keeping the lense not only dry but not steamed up either. But the results can be atmospheric and rewarding as can be seen here in Hereford where even the humble Leyland National is a welcome sight to its soggy clients. Like many places when I was working I used to relish the chance to stop to do some photography and a little rain wasn't going to stop me. As you can see from the car I was in the area where all the Diplomats live. Here unlike the paper-chase they call Brexit we have another kind of hard border to worry about before we can enter the wildness of Wales proper and that is the Brecon Beacons. I hope at least Midland Red West didn't pay an image consultant to think up WANDERWARD it might suggest freedom and movement but it is still meaningless. Had they called it ROADCIDER it might have meant something similar albeit the drivers were always pissed which might not have been a good idea lol.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Midland Red D10 4943 outside The Top of The World

Some things just about manage to stay the same but there is almost nothing left of the old Midland Red in Stafford apart from I expect a few concrete bus stop poles. But one enduring feature is a number of local bus services which still use the old BMMO area 8** format. Indeed as seen on one of the town's two famous D10's 4943, the 825 went to Lichfield via Rugeley and it still does today.  However the passage of time doesn't always make things better and the 825 takes a much longer route to Lichfield than it did in 1964 taking about an hour whereas today it takes half as much again. Perhaps one good thing is the Arriva Wright bodied Volvos are a lot warmer than a the old BMMO's which were rarely warm enough in winter and yes the old buses rattled too especially the glass sliders but even they weren't as bad as 'rattle-box' modern buses. Of interest of course is The Top of The World ballroom opened in the town by businessman Harry Fenton. Young people would come here from miles around to dance and enjoy the entertainment but he had a strict door policy of no long hair on men. If they really wanted to come in a barber was provided on site but I don't know if they charged extra for a good haircut.

Olssons' Busstrafic Delta-Plan in Copenhagen

Not being quite so expensive and especially for those who enjoy a drink Copenhagen was a good choice for a Scandinavian break. For the British till the Nineties there were even plenty of DAB Leylands to see and ride on but also in summer it attracted a large number of visiting coaches and one could see them from Norway, Finland and like this one from Sweden. I rather like the subtle greenish-blue colour on this Delta-Plan bodied Volvo B10M of Olssons' Busstrafik. As you can see even in those long ago days in the early Eighties there was a lax dress code in Copenhagen which was another good reason to enjoy a Tuborg or two.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

AEC Reliance EPM 136V Flight Line 777

A gentleman needing assistance patiently waits for the Victoria Coach Station Inspector to finish giving instructions to a driver of most probably a Duple Dominant bodied Leyland Leopard. By this time the AEC Reliance was getting rare within the NBC empire but in the south East Kent, National Travel SE (Formerly Timpsons) and London Country had some late examples as can be seen here EPM 136V dated from 1979 and had a Plaxton body and was used as seen on the 777 Flightline Express to Gatwick.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Through The Cones in Pipers Row TWM 5419: BX13 JPV

It looks like the light rail extension to the railway station in Wolverhampton is nearing completion and all those barriers and traffic cones will disappear from Pipers Row. The batch of green Enviro hybrid buses used on the Number-One Dudley service have now been repainted in fleet colours.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Hurrying Over The Tram Tracks in Leipzig

It is always annoying when people step out in front of us when we are about to take a photo and especially when they just don't care! But not only was this guy just blinkered running for a train it turned a rather predictable LVB tram photo in Leipzig into a little gem. One more step and he would blocked out all the detail of the tram but as it is it robs us of nothing. This of course was in the days before we all had digital cameras and photography was still an expensive hobby.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Stockport Crossley bodied Leyland Tiger Cub NDB 356

I haven't done many bus events this year but I particularly enjoyed the Ribble running day at Morecambe. Amongst the buses giving rides was this splendid red and cream privately owned Stockport Leyland Tiger Cub. It carries a Crossley body built in the town and it reminds me very much of the Park Royal Monocoach design which could be found on the early AEC Reliance. This was hardly surprising as the firm had been acquired by the ACV Group and was fully aborbed in 1948 and until it's demise in 1956 vehicles were basically AEC's.