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

Saturday 12 March 2011

Alton; A great day out?

I don't really like taking pictures of buses lined up on the grass at bus rallies but some days are better and more memorable than others. Perhaps the best last year was when we roared down to Alton in Hampshire in my friend's Midland Red Leopard 227. Once Aldershot and District had a garage here so there were plenty of them to enjoy and also it's nearby big BET Group brother Southdown who also shared a similar attractive green an cream livery and which came into the town. Despite being built in the 1930's this stylish and elegant Leyland TD7 GCD 48 could almost have been a Post-War bus. Had it not been such a pleasant day I probably would still have remembered it as I got stung by a wasp and also the following Sunday as well which swelled up. Ouch!

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