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, 18 October 2019

West Midlands Trident Y761 TOH in Wolverhampton

If the conditions are right I'm always snapping buses and it doesn't matter if I have taken it before like these Wolverhampton Dennis Tridents like 4163 which keep doing the same routes. It doesn't matter as unless it's a standard record shot every one is different somehow especially as the weather is always different.

Gash of Newwark Plaxton bodied Leopard NRA191P

Even though Lincolnshire had a garage beside the bus station when one thinks of Newark on Trent they think of the much more interesting W,Gash and Sons, one of a number of fine traditional Independents that ran into Nottingham. These services even in later years were able to justify the purchase of new buses a process encouraged due to the availability of the government bus grant in the Seventies. Daimler half-cab double-deckers had been the choice in the Fifties but the Leyland Leopard came afterwards and as long as they did service work to qualify for the grant they could also be fitted with coach seats and be used for that too. In the difficult times the industry has had to endure since Deregulation how these smaller operators would have appreciated that kind of support and good well known firms like Gash might just have survived.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Dennis Javelin Demonstator M799 HPJ

Something unusual coming through Stafford on a National Express service was the new looking Dennis Javelin which turned out to be a demonstrator.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Strathclyde Volvo Ailsa OGG 180Y

In the winter the delicate sunlight can be beautiful but a bit too thin and wispy to make sharp black and white photographs. it's worth having a go all the same especially if it is a rare opportunity as happened here as at the end of the Eighties I seldom went to Glasgow and managed to take photos. Also this was one of those stop anywhere you can for a few minutes sort of encounter and considering that it isn't a bad one of one of a typical Strathclyde Alexender Volvo Citybus. 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Banstable: Don't All Rush At Once

I like to get people into my bus views if I can but despite appearances sunny Barnstable was not as hot as it looked and people were not taking shelter, perhaps they had all headed off to beach or gone to Wimbledon. Nether less this is a nice capture as the minibus revolution didn't last long and I'm sure you all want to see a classic 'Ford Transit' Bread Van again. It was 1996 and this Red Bus example belonged to North Devon and had Robin Hood bodywork.

City of Oxford Daimler Fleetline UFC 422K

Once the half-cabs had gone I  particularly wanted to photograph the survivors from the past such as this Northern Counties bodied Daimler Fleetline, a type more typical than the NBC stock and a vehicle which once wore the City of Oxford duck-egg blue and maroon. Cities like Oxford and York weren't built for the car and couldn't benifit from Post War rebuilding either to make inner-city ring-roads and build big central ugly multi-storey car parks. Of course that's a good thing and especially so when it enourages visitors to come but use the Park and Ride services. Normally it is new types which get branded for this sort of work but it's nice when the oldies help out too. Perhaps being a bit antiquated they were unpopular with 'opo' crews and at least doing the Park and Ride wass more of a doddle with fewer stops and simple ticketing.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Or should it be how many Arriva Enviro double-deck buses does it take to fill Saint Georges Hall. I always get a good vibe in Liverpool it's a great city for photography. It's easy to include people too and if you get sick of that there is the wonderful mix of architecture. This view the perceptive I chose reminds me of the Beatles somehow, maybe I watched Yellow Submarine too many times. But humour is always not far away even if it's not intentional like this bus it seems to be called Gaza. Yes it's the sort of place where silly things make you chuckle.