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, 4 November 2009
As it says on the front of this bus caught in Portsmouth just as it was going dark, those Stagecoach Stripes were a bit hard too on the eyes when they were applied on buses where they did not belong. Southdown who used to run this South Coast fleet was renowned for it's subtle apple-green plus cream and gold lettering whereas Stagecoach went for a less restrained already dated American approach. Looking back those stripes didn't look so bad especially on more angular Alexander products which in more than one way Brian Souter was to make his own, but this poor ECW bodied former United Counties Bristol VR looks slightly embarrassed like some glamorous former movie star caught off-guard on the doorstep by the milkman in her rollers and dressing-gown.