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, 1 July 2008
Before they were broken up and sold off the various National Bus Companies at last were encouraged to forge stronger identities especially as far as more upmarket coach operations were concerned. This included their local limited stop and area express operations and Ribble created 'Timesaver' as was worn by this Duple Leyland Leopard No.1124 seen about to enter Skelthorne Street Bus Station in Liverpool. Indeed it was quite wonderful when I arrived there on my first proper bus spotting visit in 1963 as this still quite new and busy two level covered bus station with coaches above was literally just across the side road outside the the main Line Street Station. Other operators buses terminated in various streets in the city centre or at the large bus station at Pier Head which from the public point of view was miles from anywhere down by the river and just a terminus. When I photographed this bus in the mid-Eighties little did I know that after Privatisation the Ribble Merseyside operations now re-christened North Western would be within the same management as my local company Midland Red North and these by then redundant ageing coaches like 1124 would find themselves in Cannock and Stafford and even passing my house.