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, 9 December 2020
For many years we never saw a Solo in Stafford till Arriva got a couple at Cannock. But by 2019 D&G and Select seen here had joined them. The numbers have dwindled again but I can't say I mind them particularly and being in the middle they seem fairly modern and well suited to the many bus services which sadly no longer carry many passengers.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Very different Daimler-Benz buses at Lugano in 1990 was this 1988 Vetter bodied trolleybus of the now closed system and and a much older service bus.
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
I expect I would come to terms with the acid-red colour scheme to be found on Bern buses today were I to pay a visit. But as it stands I don't like it much much prefering the traditional military-green and green colours which suited the architecture and old-fashioned feel of Switzerland's tiny Capital. I guess the undertaking wanted to show it was forward thinking and modern which is something I admit can't be said for this FBW articulated bus of the Sixties and still in all-day service in 1989
Monday, 3 August 2020
Darlington's buses were fairly conservative and mostly Roe Guy or Roe bodied double-deckers plodding about, but by the Eighties everything had changed. There were still a few lingering Daimler GVG5's but the rest was an interesting array of single-deckers including rarities like the Ward Dalesman, but more common was this Dennis Dominator albeit with Marshall Camair bodywork.
Friday, 31 July 2020
A pair of Leyland Nationals of different operators meet up in the Stockport sunshine. Because Greater Manchester had so many double-deckers like NC bodied Leyland Olympian 3234 it as easy to forget it had quite a few Nationals and if one includes those from Lancashire United the fleet was getting well towards the two-hunded mark. A very typical NBC example of typically smart Trent in poppy-red makes a good contrast with a mellowed looking Manchester 115 HNE 639N.
Thursday, 30 July 2020
Select wedded to the rather predictable Dart, Enviro and Solo have been breaking out into new territory first with a VDL and now with this new arrival an impressive former Nottingham Scania Omnicity. I think they will have to be careful where they use it as it's not really suitable for the back streets or narrow country lanes.