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

Friday, 4 April 2008

Midland Red S17: Cannock Garage

On 1st January 1979 just six of the 262 BMMO S17 buses delivered between 1963-1966 were still in service with Midland Red. One of them was 5479 from the first batch saw much of it's service at Hinckley but it was seen toards the end of the year at Cannock whose spacious forecourt did and still does attract withdrawn buses. I didn't think much of the NBC Poppy Red livery but one could argue that the white band did a lot to brighten the appearance of many Midland Red buses without spoiling the old image to much.

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