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

Thursday, 16 August 2018

First Potteries Streetlight SM13 NCA

People and a driverless bus in Hanley. The buses with First Potteries have a better age pofile than used to be the case but the registration letters show that they have been cascaded down lke this Wright Streetlite with a scottish marque. First might big one of the big three UK bus operators but the fleet number 63101 gives the wrong impression somewhat.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Mayne Celebration 75 Years Scania M211 NDB

For many years Mayne was the only Independent to operate into central Manchester but of course Deregulation changed all that. However it remained one of the best with a mostly modern fleet of buses like this East-Lancs bodied Scania painted in the old livery to celebrate 75 years in 1995 and seen turning out of Oldham Street into Piccadilly.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Arriva: The Jewel That Rattled

Unlike my home town where people tend to be if not unfriendly a little bit  too reserved, when I used to do various pick-ups for Top Travel to take them to the airport those who lived along the A5 corridor in places like Cannock, Burntwood and Chesetown even though they had never met before used to chat together freely like they were all part of some big happy family. I think most would have thought this community spirit might have died out now that most people don't visit their local pubs, travel more and hide in cars but I think because of the changing world around them and the ethnic with different customs force these working class communities to stick together as before. Of course that is a good thing but it might take the opposite effect if one is an outsider as seemingly nobody will speak to you. However nobody 'handbagged' Jojo as she took a shot of this Arriva Wright Streetlite as it arrived in Walsall

Monday, 13 August 2018

East-Lancs bodied Dennis Dart with London Central

These East-Lancs bodies on the Dennis Dart were mostly found on Drawline Group buses but notable exceptions were these for London Central like this one here at Lewisham loading for Camberwell Green..

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Midland Red LD8 4068 at Coventry Pool Meadow

Coventry didn't have a Midland Red garage but it was well served by the company particularly from routes worked by Leamington. Stalwarts for many years were the town's fourteen of the 100 LD8's which tended to look smart and a lot more loved compared to their Birmingham and Black Country sisters which had hard lives.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Select SK52 OJG: All Things Bright And Beautiful

A newcomer to the bus scene in Stafford stands out for the timebeing at least as it wears an unusual and  somewhat jazzy colour-scheme which in this clean condition looked nicer than one might expect. But this rather mundane Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart surprised me as it started life in Edinburgh with Lothian one of Britains most highly regarded operators so perhaps it's in better condition than would expect for a bus dating from 2002.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Black Prince Atlantean XJA 504L

Most of the Greater Manchester Daimler Fleetlines and Leyland Atlanteans had their standard Northern Counties body built in Wigan, but one of the latter carries a Park Royal body and by this time it had passed to Black Prince and was seen in Leeds.