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

Monday, 27 August 2007

Megabus in Manchester

The mighty Stagecoach Holdings successfully experimented with special budget fare operations firstly here in Manchester to counter University Bus who was creaming off it's cost conscious student passengers with old buses on the Didsbury Road Corridor and Stagecoach's reply the fleet of time-expired all-over blue buses called Magic Bus have become something of an institution I believe. The cheap fares Magic Bus concept was also used when Stagecoach copied the providers of cheap air flights like Easy Jet with bookings taken over the Internet when it started offering almost free travel between Manchester and London. It has certainly given National Express something to think about and not only were the old double-deckers used on the no-frills service a great success Megabus now run brand new dedicated coaches on it's various routes including three axle Volvo's and Neoplan double-deckers like this example preparing to depart from Manchester.

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