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

Sunday, 20 January 2008

My Job the last day: Anyone want to buy an old Nail?

Actually it was the last day but one, but whose counting. I was about to do my fifty-mile afternoon school run picking up children on the Shropshire side of Wolverhampton and having not known about the firm going bust before Monday it was a traumatic week. Happily another small local coach operator has taken over the school contracts and nearly all the drivers and guides including myself are moving over. From now on we will be driving better buses, have smart company clothing to make us look more like the Proffesionals that we are wear plus more importantly much better wages. Still I will miss working for Top Travel because they always sailed a bit close to the wind, and on airport work every busy day was different and I loved driving those empty back roads late at night over Cannock Chase and through nice villages like Mobberley. We had mobile phones of course but most of the time especially out of hours we had to be able to think for ourselves to make it work.

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