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 2 April 2017

Shades in Shrewsbury: Midland Red MRN

There was a time following Deregulation when buses kept coming along with for the public a brand new name which had little real meaning and a hurriedly applied different livery. Of course it didn't usually solve any problems as it was still probably late and manned by the same unfriendly or rude driver who now had an 'improved timetable' which made him even more late as he hadn't learnt it. Midland Red North seemed to struggle with image and direction but of this lot I think the most attractive was the National with the white band and the traditional 'Midland Red' was all it needed to show it's heritage and certainly a lot better than the one which was not only completely the wrong red the paint quality was so poor it lost it's sheen in no time at all. Other buses here include a smartly turned out Optare for the park and ride and the curse that is still with us today Arriva's aquamarine, a 'nothing' annoying colour just vile. First's Barbi might be a bit cold but at least it was cleverly designed and even those Stagecoach stripes looked good on most Alexander types which they made their own like the PS, the Dash and the R Type decker. Still I don't suppose most people worry about such things.

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