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, 30 September 2009
Hotspur 1509 in Ramsgate
When I was a youngster I remember travelling on the 104 from Birmingham through Sutton Coldfield with Johnny Bird on a BMMO S17 and changing the gears as we went along. Later after Harper brothers was taken over he moved to Cannock Garage and before he became very ill I enjoyed an excursion he helped to arrange just at the time Midland Red North had abandoned it's coaching activities at Shrewsbury due to irregularities which is why now spare local branded Hotspur Leyland Tiger 1509 was available for our long trip to Ramsgate where it was seen being guided through the wash at the East Kent 'Thanet Garage'.