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

Monday, 9 June 2008

Manchester: Girls Solo

As long as I can remember there have been single-deck buses working a circular city-centre shuttle in Manchester and since the Seventies these have been midi-bus types starting with very square looking M-Reg Seddons but in comparison the Optare Solo buses used by First today on this type of work are almost pretty. Standing outside Piccadilly Station and branded for the 3 to the Metrocentre was No.53549 which a few years ago might have been worked by Optare's previous generation of these small buses more aptly christened the Metrorider.

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