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 30 March 2009

Tamworth's Big one's: Not a Pig it's a Volvo

The Northern Ireland bus bodybuilder Wright of Ballymena certainly builds some stunning looking well put together buses but I feel slightly uneasy wondering how they might appear once the get old and neglected. In my local Arriva area apart from in and around Leicester double-deckers are few and far between and new ones even more so. However with an important corridor into Birmingham, Tamworth garage has a batch of these very impressive Volvo's for it's five-buses-an-hour City Linx route. At one time batches of buses were shared out between garages but today they are usually nearly all earmarked for specific services with local authority backing. This is a good thing as operator's like Arriva are obliged to provide a proper service which includes buses right through the evening and even a reasonable service on Sundays. Without this how can people be persuaded to live without the flexibility of car travel.

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