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

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

WMPTE liked the Volvo Ailsa

Sadly none of the liveries found on PTE buses could compare to the often more elaborate and in many cases better kept municipal hues they replaced. But even if it was a slightly watered-down version of the old dark blue Birmingham City Transport, West Midlands PTE was better than most and it looked rather attractive on these my favourite vehicles in the Seventies fleet  Alexander bodied Volvo Alisa's bought and operated on old Midland Red routes from garages like Sutton and Oldbury. After buying three trail buses another fifty followed including 4742 JOV 742P. The later Volvo Citybus was considered too but the idea was dropped as it would have hurt the MCW who was building the Metrobus in the city.

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