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

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Two faces of Midland Red

Under Bagerline ownership Worcester based Midland Red West deliveries comprised firstly the Leyland Lynx and then another common bus for the Group as a whole, the Plaxton Verde bodied Dennis Dart. Drawline on the other hand which owned Midland Red North based in Cannock preferred to shuffle it's older buses around like these Northern Counties bodied Volvo double-deckers that previously worked on London's tendered routes for London and Country based at Catford. At this time MRN was trying to emulate the traditional Midland Red image but not only did they get a too dark and dull shade of red the paint itself was of poor quality and it was in every sense a pale limitation of the still much missed real thing. However these two liveries still have more character and charm than the corporate look of First Group and Arriva, especially Midland Red West which was rather smart .

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