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

Friday, 30 November 2007

Worcester: Rainy Day Women

Midland Red West operated a large fleet of not very exciting Mercedes 608 minibuses on Worcester Local Services under the name Citibus but on a miserable wet day anything is welcome when it arrives. When I used to travel about more extensively in my van if there was somewhere convenient to pull up I would jump out and take individual bus pictures sometimes waiting by the bus stop not knowing what sort of bus it might be. I don't think I actually went into Worcester itself very often and this prompted me to make sure I didn't leave without a memento despite the awful weather and it is certainly an atmospheric picture of Robin Hood bodied No.1353 one of this huge batch of 105 vehicles delivered in the mid-Eighties when these minibuses were all the rage.


busing said...

Think this is one of your best shots. Black and white suits the mood.

I know we all sneered to start with but the minibus was the revolution we all needed in the mid-1980s.

Try Celebrating the Minibus

christopher said...

Yes I like black and white too, it also covers up some of those horrible colours. As the minibus started to explore new routes often with cheap fare schemes they gradually filled seats till they got bigger to normal bus size, so they certainly spread the seeds of recovery.