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
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
M1441London's trial buses
In the early Eighties to help dictate it's future purchasing policy London Buses tried nine new double-deckers from three manufacturers. The three V-class Volvo Ailsas and Leyland Oympians L1-3 were new types for the Capital but the three Metrobuses were already a tried and tested bus hence the high fleet numbers carried M1441-3. However they were the later Mk2 type with a slightly lower specification and different looking front with a long narrow grill. 260 Olympians arrived but the trials didn't make a lot of difference as Britain's largest bus company was soon to be deregulated and split up into nice bite-size chunks ready to be sold off. M1441 now part of 'South London' crawls towards Camberwell whilst one of those Olympians that was ordered L212 head towards Elephant & Castle and Central London.