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, 12 October 2009

Stafford: Minibuses No More!

Believe it or not in Stafford minibuses have featured with the various owners of Midland Red and of course more latterly Arriva since 1983 but no more. In the early days they were Ford Transits, but there have also been horrible Dodge and Northern Counties bodied Renault's too. But in more recent times the only slightly more glamorous but unquestionably very reliable Mercedes workhorses have featured prominently including far travelled second-hand 608's from Stagecoach Group where this one started life on the South Coast with Southdown before moving to East Midland. The modern local Arriva fleet is very much dominated by the Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart,

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