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

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Lichfield: Very Nice But No Buses On a Sunday

A few years ago if someone had tried to tell me that we would lose all our Sunday Buses in Staffordshire I would have thought them a fool but it has pretty well happened. There were hopes that the important 825 which links Lichfield, Rugeley and Stafford to Stafford Hospital might be saved but with Cannock closed that day it was hoped Arriva Tamworth could easily help out. But in true Arriva style it couldn't be bothered to do it either but that might change and if it does we might  start to get thse Mercedes buses from there coming into the county town. Bus passengers are certainly made to feel they are second class citizens as not only can't people and places be visited all of the big shops are open and paying their business rates but no good to anyone without transport. And to think transport runs normally in Switzerland even on Christmas Day.

Black Prince B-Series National ODM 679V

When you think about how many Leyland Nationals were built thankfully they didn't have a massive effect on the second hand market. But of course there were more than enough but the B-Series like this example with Black Prince of Leeds were not quite so numerous, one of a large fleet delivered to Crosville.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

TBC 163: Leicester City Transport Trainer

Despite being a much more reliable and dependable bus this sturdy East-Lancs bodied Leyland PD3 was time-expired and had been withdrawn by Leicester City Transport but had been retained as a driver training bus.

Blackburn GUY CBV 433: Two Faces of Modernism

Blackpool with it's tacky bling might still have it's tower which can be seen from miles away but even humble Morecambe has it's architectural treasure the magnificent Art-Deco Midland Hotel. Having just passed it on the recent Ribble Enthusiasts Running Day was this Blackburn Guy with Crossley bodywork which had been restored to original condition. When built in 1949 this Manchester  streamlined styling was considered state of the art in some town halls especially after the austere wartime utility buses but it looked rather ugly on this Arab111 especially as it's over decorative lining-out belonged in the past on the old tramcars it replaced.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

You Cars Burger Off!

I think this gentleman nearing retirement age is wondering if he will make it as he braves the traffic and fumes at Piccadilly Circus in London. Still it looks like he's made it all the way from America so the short hop to his pitch shouldn't be too much bother. When I was a student I got food poisoning from one of these street vendors here and my advice is steer well clear. I was watching an environmental health documentary and it showed these hot dog stands stored in a back yard with pigeon droppings all over them....Lovely! A bit more appealing for me would have been the roar and exhaust cackle of this Duple Dominant bodied Leyland Leopard taking up some local school duties.

Monday, 11 June 2018

tylstrup Rutebiler Scania

An impressive Danish bus was this Scania with a Ringstead body built in that town. Of course as elsewhere here buses are operated under the owners name, but also common is by their colour and also as here by the large village they come from like this one which was taking a break in Aalborg before returning home north to Tystrup in 1982.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

National Travel Bova

The beautifully rounded Bova Futura had classic looks which guaranteed it a long life but it's predecesor even though quite stylish had a starkness which was off-putting. When quite new this National Travel London coach was seen somewhere between Newark and Lincoln.