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

Thursday 12 August 2010

Driver Training in the Welsh Valleys

It has more or less dissappeared now but once the South Wales Valleys was very industrialised with coal mining and steel making. Sadly it's bus interest has declined too and all that is left of the many local Municipal operators is in the large towns of Cardiff and Newport. The attractive fleet of Rhymney Valley came about following the merger of three of these belonging to local Urban District Councils. Galligaer was one of them but here we see one of the seven former tiny Bedwas & Machin fleet, Massey bodied AEC Regent V No.5 422 CAX which had become a trainer at the Mill Lane garage of the biggest of the three Caerphilly which contributed thirty Leylands. As I said all this is just a memory now.

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