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

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Ah! It's an Monster Irizar!

If it still was a Golden Age of Coaching it seemed to definitely meet it's end with Deregulation as small operator's sold out to companies primarily running buses and the former NBC fleets either shed of demoted much of their coach fleet. But today it is a tough market as there is a huge difference between quality coaching and running a few old faithful workhorses doing schools contracts and on cheap excursions to The Dogs or days out to Blackpool. Buying a modern executive coach like this huge three-axel Irizar bodied Scania belonging to Solmar Travel of Walsall would definitely set you back a few bob and you would not be able to park it outside your house so it's hardly surprising that it's a task left to the experts.

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