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, 31 July 2011

Yippee! It's famous Gasworks we've arrived in Blackpool

I'm afraid that to me these old British buses and coaches of the past were maybe not exactly quite in the same league as girlfriends, although often more reliable, they were however a bit like family and friends. Now that they've gone places like Blackpool and the little bustling corners they used to frequent that were once most welcoming feel empty dull and in a surreal way lonely. As Smith is probably still the most common name in Britain now after Patel not surprisingly it features widely amongst bus operator's too. Before Leyland Leopard TAC14W was sold to John Smith and Sons I expect it either belonged to Harry Shaw of Coventry or another one, Smith's of Tysoe.

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