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, 27 April 2008

Outer-Circle Run 1979

One of the best known bus routes in the UK is the marathon Birmingham 'Outer-Circle' Number 11. As a boy a friend of mine took this bus from near Selly Oak to see Aston Villa play but as he caught it going in the wrong direction it was already Half-Time or even later when he finally arrived there. As a celebration of this bit of heritage local transport groups arrange a transport rally to follow the route and in 1979 I photographed two classic buses from the early Fifties, one a celebrity through sheer numbers and a true postcard-celebrity whilst the other a Duple Roadmaster is special because of it's actual rarity compared to it's huge success as a Dinky Toy. In Birmingham RT 1658 looked a bit of place as did South Notts of Gotham Leyland Royal Tiger but it wasn't really as South Notts LOE 900 was new to Jackson of Castle Bromwich in 1951.

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