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 10 August 2016

Beauty & The Beast: Leicester MCW PD£ LJF 29F

Leicester split the bodywork order on it's final batch of twenty trusty Leyland PD3 buses between Metro-Cammell and East Lancs. Both looked smart in the Leicester cream and maroon livery but the MCW buses like No.29 were not as attractive and the bodywork had a more functional 'add a bit on feel' whereas the East-Lancs buses looked more harmonious like it had been designed individually. Orion's as they were called rattled a bit, many enthusiasts loathed them but many Metro-Cammell and sister Weymann bodies had long lives, those on the early Atlantean being a good example and Leicester had three of those as well but like many Municipals who flirted with rear-engined deckers stuck with proper tried buses as long as they could.

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