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

Saturday, 3 February 2007

A Bad Dream: Those Bread Vans, I mean Minibus Britain

As a bus enthusiast one of the low points for me was the invasion of the minibus on high frequency services and quiet city centres like Exeter started to resemble New Delhi as they jostled for position in the high street. Harry Blundred a former Devon General driver who was the MD of Transit Holdings was something of an eccentric and he believed minibuses, or rather bigger minibuses were the solution to all transport problems including long distance express services like the busy one they operated between Oxford and London. Fortunately his day had passed before he completely achieved his goal. As for this photo it was hilarious, moments later the snoozing driver woke up and fell right out of the bus to his great embarrassment

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