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, 2 March 2008

Ho Hoe! Two pretty girls and a Leyland Leopard

Recently they have made improvements to the old harbour area and along the Plymouth Hoe restricting vehicle access somewhat which is a pity as it was a good place to photograph coaches in rather more interesting locations than just the concrete and tarmac of the bus station at Bretonside. Another bonus was as well as the seaside atmosphere, there were often if one was patient girls coming along too like this pair about to walk past this fine Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard in the well known fleet of Silcox Coaches of Pembroke Dock in South West Wales. Is it just me but unlike in the world of today with it's Amarda of imported high-floored imports that remind me slightly of baby whales I do really miss the crisp straight lines of simple but sleek vehicles like this former National Travel (South West) coach. Of course another reason might be that they were usually built on for my generation at least a much more charismatic AEC or Leyland Chassis.

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