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, 23 September 2016

West Yorkshire PTE Alexander Metrobus UWW 519X

One tends to think of the standard Metrobus built with an MCW body in the factory but it was also available as a chassis only and a number of operators had them fitted with attractive Alexander R type bodywork like this West Yorkshire PTE example seen in Leeds approaching the bus station. The Metrobus had it's merits but corrosion plagued them and I wonder if this variant was any better. As can be seen from my van in the background this was somewhere I liked to call into when I had done my delivery at Meanwood and had a lunch for pence at the YEB meter test station. It was always easy to park here in the Eighties and it was free too but I bet it isn't so easy today. Driving is not fun!


Random Streets said...

This was one of two Alexander-bodied Metrobuses that found their way to London when they was around 5 years old. At deregulation, West Yorkshire PTE disposed of a number of quite youthful vehicles, this pair was snapped up by London Buses.

Random Streets said...

Nice image, BTW

christopher said...

A lot of the secondhand stuff ended up in North London at Potters Bar Garage.