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, 24 August 2009

Leicester: St Margaret's Bus Station

Outside Birmingham and the industrial Black Country the biggest centre of operations for Midland Red was Leicester where there were three garages. The busy St Margaret's Bus Station was the hub of the Leicester operations and as a youngster I was too excited by the buses I might see to notice the grim utility appearance of the horrible concrete bus shelters. However they did their job keeping out the wind and rain and should a nice new bus collide with them I know which would have come off worst. Half way through own built D9 production Alexander bodied Daimler Fleetlines began to appear and these became the standard double-decker for the fleet. One of the garages with about seventy buses was situated right beside the bus station in Sandiacre Street where this bus No. 6116was allocated along with 6115 and 6117. Under the NBC standards dropped and in the more watchful old BMMO-Midland Red days you would have been able to see that the bus was bound for Uppingham via Belton.

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