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

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

The road to Aluguer: who needs speed bumps

In Continental Europe they seem to like putting down these rough sets in the street perhaps partly to slow down the traffic. I'm sure the drumming noise the tyres make must get tiresome and I do feel sorry for ladies trying to cross in high-heels. Also I know from experience, they can be slippery too when wet. But this is a glorious photograph of one of the later Utic bodied RN AEC Reliance coaches fully laden taken in 1984 on it's way to Aluguer. I'm not sure where this view was taken but not only was it a beautiful part of town everything was so spotlessly clean just like a Commercial. Indeed had it not been for the water-stained driver's blinds this could almost have been a perfect advertisement photo for RN as well as Portugal.


Artdesire said...

A very beautiful picture indeed, Christopher! This type of coachwork was called Utic Abril, named after the most important month of the year for the Portuguese (the 1974 revolution). This coach from the south was probably on tour somewhere else in the country, because "Aluguer" means "charter". The Portuguese law demands very strict signs that make it visible what kind of transport is executed with a certain bus (charter, special service, follow-bus, specialised transport, children etc...).

christopher said...

Oh dear and I thought it was a place. When I scan some more I might get a hint of where it was taken. Thank you for your comment Duarte.

Cesar said...

Hello Christopher.

This picture was taken in Evora. I recognize de door on the left that says "Galeno", it's a pharmacy that still exists today. Thank you for all the photos of the buses i rided in Evora when i was a little boy.