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, 3 November 2008
A Ribble to dribble over: Potteries Running Day
Along with Southdown on the South Coast, Ribble in the North West was probably everyone's favourite large BET Company. I'm not too crazy about bus rallies as they lack an element of reality, but not only does each one produce something interesting to see, at their best we are offered a wealth of nostalgic bus rides too. One I will remember for some time was on this former Ribble East-Lancs bodied Leyland PD1 Titan 'White Lady' coach which almost effortlessly and in comfort took us out over the hills to Cheadle and back from the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton. Here we can see a profile of it's Art-Deco inspired styling whilst in the background is an example from the best know of the former Tilling Group coach operators 'Royal Blue' whose ECW bodied Bristol LS vehicles like No.2200 of 1957 ran down the A30 and other main roads between London and the West Country.