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

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Ambassador Sends his Compliments

By the end of the Eighties the Plaxton bodied Volvo B10M had become the norm for National Express work. Having said that there were a few Scania's too and of course the odd dwindling newer example of the Leyland Tiger like this one G109 HNG belonging to Ambassador leaving Victoria Coach Station for Cromer. Ambassador was by now a dated and meaningless sort of name once embraced by often two-bit coach firms to make their coaches sound posh and luxurious. However I  like the idea of some diplomat's female staff wearing a tight but not too short dress and expensive stockings busy  dishing out champagne and Ferrero Rocher to the pensioners with their boiled sweets or back-packers with their crisps and bottle of pop on the boring journey to Norfolk.

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