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

Sunday 17 October 2010

All change at Wolverhampton

It just exists! Maybe it's something about being a child with little memory to fall back on that makes everything seem so static with no past and just a narrow future. But as we get older all these memories unfurl like an endless magic carpet of events. This view of Wolverhampton Bus Station was taken about fifteen years ago which for a child is more than a lifetime but to me as an adult it still seems just like yesterday. It's hardly surprising then that everything has gone even if most of the noticeable changes are quite recent. The eye catching Midland Red North East-Lancs bodied Dennis Dart L510 BNX became an Arriva liveried bus long ago and no doubt withdrawn by now whilst an immaculate Warstone's Green Bus Leyland Leopard also bodied by East-Lancs is another memory and even the last indestructible West Midland's Travel Metrobus has finally recently gone too. To cap it all the bus station is closed as well as it gets a total makeover. Arriva wont be using the new one though as even the big operator's will do anything to save costs and prefer to use local streets.

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