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, 19 January 2008

SMT: Volvo Ailsa Alexander

There are many places in the UK which I haven't covered properly yet including Scotland and Wales but I'm slowly getting there. Edinburgh certainly deserves another inclusion because I loved these Volvo Ailsa's they had so much character and their inclusion in SBG Fleets reminds me of the days when they also had a strange mix of Alexander bodied Leylands and AEC etc, plus a similar number of Bristol /ECW products which looked most strange not in their usual BTC Tilling Red and Green. In 1997 SMT No.1042 was showing traces of First Group ownership but at this time First-Barbi was still to venture out on to the Scottish Capital's comparatively chilly streets.

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