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

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Those we have loved.....

....and hated.

I have to confess I never really disliked the MCW Orion as I grew up with this style of bodywork but I can understand why older enthusiasts hate them so much when not only were they 'cheap looking' they heralded the lightweight era of cost-cutting too which included spray painting and simplified monotonous liveries. Not that anyone could accuse Chesterfield Corporation of slumming it as they knew how to make a Leyland PD2 with a tin-front look very nice indeed. However few would say it was anywhere near as beautiful as the elegant liveried East Yorkshire Roe bodied AEC Regent with it's specially tapered roof for the Beverley Bar. These buses were seen at the Sheffield Meadowhall Gathering last summer.

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