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, 19 May 2007

Midland Red in Evesham

There had been a Midland Red Garage at Evesham since 1931 and even though I visited it many times in my pre-NBC spotting days I had not been back there for some years. So when I had the opportunity to pay a quick visit last Autumn even though all that there was left to remember the old company by was a few bricks I welcomed the chance to revel in a bit of BMMO nostalgia. It was good that I did for a few weeks later I heard the garage was about to close and the final nine buses would be moved elsewhere. Already most of the building have been partitioned off and sub-let but at least the old Midland Wheel Roundel was still proudly there above the entrance just showing underneath the newer First Bus sign. It was nice to see a double-decker there too, albeit belonging to Stagecoach for Midland Red employed them on the busier trunk routes especially to Birmingham. The reason for the Stagecoach visit was a broken upstairs front window no doubt caused by tree damage. First's buses might be modern and look a lot warmer than the old red BMMO's but anyone old enough to remember will agree they look positively grey and boring in comparison.

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