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 18 March 2009

Arriva: I see the not so yellow DAF's are already out

Even though we had some pleasant sunshine as well as all that cold last winter the only DAF's out in Stafford were not the yellow variety Wordsworth was so excited about but these Wright bodied buses that work the Rural-Line that was created making a frequent through connection to Telford whereas in the past it was not possible as Happy Days (formerly G.H. Austin) operated across the Shropshire border into Newport, something that had been wished for even in the bygone days of Midland Red. The dedicated buses have recently had a repaint which has oblitered all the areas of black relief on the fronts making them look rather less distinctive. This particular batch of buses have not had a 100% history of reliability and rumour has it that before too long they might be moved elsewhere in the Arriva empire. As you see BU03-HRE carries a reminder of the past as RE, RF, BF and E by itself were Staffordshire numberplates.

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