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, 23 July 2011

GMT: Manchester's double-deck coaches

Once Manchester was a lot more bleak with blackened soot covered buildings, but over time the colours have mellowed and the cleaner weathered brickwork hues of the smokeless age seem to be well matched by those on this Greater Manchester North Olympian. I found this 'soft' livery originally chosen for these coach-seated buses used on longer services rather attractive but Northern Counties bodied D265JVR looked in need of some new paint as the split off First North area buses quickly looked very scruffy alongside Stagecoach to the south that was famously covering everything in stripes.

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