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, 1 April 2009

Stafford: It's been a long Winter

Yes because it started so early and at times was so cold it has seemed a particularly long winter in Britain this time. However despite the poor conditions it is still possible to take some interesting pictures like this First Group Scania loading at Stafford Station on the frequent service to Hanley. After Deregulation the First Group bought out the PMT (Potteries Motor Traction) who once before the Seventies had an extensive network of routes of largely rural routes to the north of the town plus a cross-town joint service with Midland Red using an Atlantean and even had a small seven bus garage here. Today it just comes into town with this the traditional main trunk service updated going via Newcastle instead of Soke and worked by eight of these rather impressive Swedish buses.

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