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, 13 April 2009

Shugborough in 1996

The Shugborough Estate on the edge of Cannock Chase and former home to Photographer and Cousin of the Queen, Lord Lichfield before he died is quite close to where I live. As you can see even a short excursion for other reasons is still a good excuse to take a camera. It was at this time of year too as you can see from the trees behind and I went with a girlfriend to buy some shrubs. We did buy one or two things but like everything I bought that year they all quickly died, so it was good that at least I took these photos of three Plaxton bodied coaches and a Duple Lasar bodied Bedford. Still in East Kent colours but now part of Stagecoach this coach had come a long way probably around two-hundred-miles but I expect the others were all reasonably local. The Whittle company from Highley in Shropshire is now also a part of one of the main bus groups, this time everyone's favourite East Yorkshire who retains it as a separate unit. A similar Volvo coach at the far end belonged to Bakers of Biddulph who are still going strong as an Independent albeit running them with more white than green in the livery these days..

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