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

Thursday, 31 January 2008

The Sophistication of London Streets

In the early Nineties the larger London Buses Routemaster type RML's were treated to in some cases a very quick repaint including the interior and some heart surgery to give them even more life, but like many heart attack victims they were never quite the same again having lost that AEC engine and bubbly transmission that gave them that unique haunting sound, so memorable either high revving or chuffing in low gear. After their revamp and new power units supplied by Cummins and Leyland of India many were no longer so smooth to ride on and there was so much vibration one might have thought they were going along cobbled roads. But RML 2579 of Metroline looked pretty damned good so I can't understand how I allowed these two attractive ladies spoil my shot. I never got around to making that New Year Resolution (As if I would!)

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