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, 23 November 2009

Fleetline Contrasts at Miller Street

Three contrasting Daimler Fleetlines stand outside the West Midlands PTA former Birmingham Corporation bus garage at Miller Street just off the Walsall Road in 1980. No. 3511 of 1965 was typical of it's period and unless one could actually see the more rounded side-profile they might have mistaken this Park Royal body for MCW. As for the more attractive PTA standard bodied bus of the Seventies on the right it was very hard to tell those two same bodybuilders apart this time but 1979 No. 6975 was an MCW. I expect though a real expert could spot tiny detail differences. Looking somewhat out of place was former Midland Red 6282 one of a batch of dual-entrance Alexander bodied buses of 1971 that nearly all were transferred to the PTA with this example coming from Sutton Coldfield Garage which closed when West Midlands PTA looked to make economies.

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