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 9 August 2015

Memories of Bretonside: Westward VWX350X

I'm not sure Plymouth will be quite the same now that the mighty Stagecoach is replacing all the faded and rather old First Barbi liveried buses in Plymouth. Of course the changes since Western National days have been gradual and even though the decline of Bretonside Bus Station has been a slow one it has always been with us as a landmark and facility. Now sadly run down In the far off days of the Nineties it was still a hive of activity and not only a bit of a sun-trap but an excellent place for a bit of bus photography. A stalwart of the period was the Shearings coach with it's winning Van-Hool Volvo B10M combination but even though stylistically looking a bit dated the former Wallace Arnold Bova still looked quite classy in subtle Westward greys.

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