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, 17 July 2013

Choice Going Solo and Keeping it simple

Even though I still haven't forgiven him for forcing the seemingly everlasting Arriva aquamarine on us I have nothing against Ray Stenning. But I have to say I'm not a big fan of his 'Best Impressions' in general which employ too many swirls, graphics and a palette full if ever so slightly horrid colours. Instead I prefer the simple approach, good clear uncluttered lettering and pleasing complimentary primary colours. Choice of Willenhall is just a memory now but they always stood out as being bright and clean looking, and better still even bright and clean looking when strictly speaking they weren't. Not everyone likes the Opare Solo but as low floor midi with easy access they are ideal for semi urban country routes like the Staffordshire County Council sponsored 880 which skirted Wolverhampton to Codsall to the west from Stafford. It now has been extended into Wolverhampton itself as Arriva does it now as the 88.

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