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, 18 August 2007

Manchester City Transport Leyland PD2

Once spray-painting had became the norm the appearance of Manchester's buses took a dive for the worse as a lack of sensitive masking meant the window-gasket-rubbers and everything else of little importance including sometimes even the polished radiator grill got the full-on treatment. Had the red livery not been quite so bold and bright the buses would have looked far worse. The Corporation specified a more upright front on the MCW-Orion bodies of PD2's like 1961 bus No 3652 so they could get more seats upstairs. No not a pretty sight you will agree but I still think they are nicer than the clean modern buses today, so obviously my opinions are clouded by waves of nostalgia for that much stronger youthful enthusiasm of my spotting days.

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