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

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Edinburgh: Double-Deckers on Parade in Andrew Square

Edinburgh has always been a great city to see a kaleidoscope of colours and interesting buses. During that NBC poppy-red and leaf-green smokey Leyland National era much of England and Wales became rather boring whereas north of the border the Scottish Bus Group retained much of it's fascinating old variety and colourfulness. Sadly as the big bus groups tightened their grip the universal one livery corporate image took over again and this time it encompassed Scotland too with Aquamarine, Barbi and those Stagecoach Stripes. I was up there in 1997 when there was an enjoyable honeymoon period when unlike Stagecoach the First Group retained individual liveries on all but new buses whilst at the same time preserving earlier liveries albeit with a corporate makeover and logos. Unfortunately it had to end as many of the group's vehicles looked just fine like these examples SMT 915 and 923. One an Olympian carries an ECW body whilst the other bus a Metrobus has an Alexander R Series body just like the second Leyland Olympian in this view No.324 in the always smart Edinburgh City Lothian fleet.

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