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 28 April 2017

4552: I'm afraid Numbers just make me think of more numbers

This is National Express West Midland 4552 but when I see these buses I can't help thinking of the old Midland Red as the numbers mirror some of the fleet. 4552 was notable as it was the very last of a series of 200 D7's built in the mid-Fifties but it was not a bus that graced the bumpy Black Country streets as it was a sandiacre St. Leicester bus for much of it's life but it did later move on which included a spell at Digbeth. I'm sure I will rather miss these Alexander-Dennis 400's when they go as they are almost as familiar as the local Metrobuses were in the Wolverhampton area. Their numbers (forgive the pun) have been dented somewhat as Wright bodied Volvo single-deckers have made an impact. 4552 was seen on Wellington Road in Bilston. 

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