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, 4 February 2009

Arriva Leylands in the snow

It doesn't seem that long ago since we last had a decent amount of snow here in the English Midlands but it must be as there were still plenty of Leylands still in service with Arriva here in Stafford towards the end of the Nineties. Towards the end of their lives various types seem to have been centred here including Leyland National2's, former North Western (Ribble) Duple Dominant Leopard coaches, the East-Lancs rebodied Tigers like this example and the Lynx, particularly the former Stevenson's stock. Before rebodying No.1740 AAX 590A was formerly a National Express coach with a Duple Laser body that came from Rhonnda in 1993. No.1013 H408 YMA was one of a pair bought by Stevenson's from The Wright Company of Wrexham in 1994. The other Lynx in the background was one of several well used examples that came from West Riding which was also swept-up as part of Arriva. Also just visible is a Dennis Dart, the chassis type which now makes up the whole Stafford allocation if one doesn't include a handful of Mercedes-Benz minibuses.

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