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 12 April 2017

YJ65 EVX Minsterley Motors Optare in Shrewsbury

As a passenger I tend to find Optare products no worse than the others today, like them they seem to rattle like mad around the entrance area but are usually fairly warm and comfortable. But one of these of D&G turned up once on my service and the single seat behind the driver was cramped with a tall rail to inhibit movement and there was nowhere to put any shopping and one had to sit uncomfortably all cramped up. it was awful and it might have been a bit better but there was none of the usual luggage area on the front nearside wheel arch either. It's about time manufacturers did something to make doors fit properly they used to in the old days. Maybe they just skimp on cost but I would like to see more packing on the stanchions poles to stop them creaking and rattling too, bloody buses today they are just boxes bolted together, quick to build easy to scrap.

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