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

Friday 7 August 2009

Premier Travel in a grey Hanley

I wonder how many of you remember seeing the smart blue and silver coaches of Premier Travel which for a short time after deregulation became a common sight in Stoke on Trent when they came through working joint services with Yelloways of Rochdale. The Metrobus was such a great success for MCW it is easy to forget they built other models too apart from double-deckers including the purpose built Metrorider minibus and even a taxi the Metrocab. With the demise of the struggling Leyland Bus after it was bought out and dropped by Volvo, it's a pity that Birmingham based MCW didn't enjoy the same kind of success as Dennis as it certainly had the muscle. Sadly the single-deck coach version of the rather attractive Metroliner never really took off which was a pity as the second version of it was rather attractive, indeed it's simple lines still look remarkably crisp and pleasing today.

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