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, 1 December 2008

National Express: All stops Sockport, Ashton, Oldham & Rochdale

Well I've no idea where this one was going but I was called out again in a minibus to cover for one of these National Express Irizar bodied Scania coaches that broke down on the M6. Actually there was a fault with his windscreen heater and the demister and the driver refused to continue up the Motorway in the difficult freezing conditions. So I got called away from my mug of hot tea, the comfort of my armchair and Top Gear on the television to take the miserable stranded passengers on to North East Manchester. A few years ago I would never have guessed that I would be doing a bus service to bus stations and other old bus haunts from my childhood. I didn't finish till 2.am but at least I got a tip and some Polo Mints for my efforts. They were a nice bunch too.

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