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, 9 March 2018

6316 HA Midland Red D9 at Stafford

Even as a schoolboy I managed to take some decent photos despite having a pretty primitive camera. For a young spotter a brand new  Midland Red D9 was something to behold with all it's bright red paint and untarnished metalwork including a bit extra on  this still shiny bus as it had beading around the wheel arches as can be seen here. I checked out 5315 at Markfield and it still had fibre-glass wings and so I think 5316 at Stafford was the first one maybe. 5317 also at Stafford was the same but a few numerically later ones retained the earlier wings and the inconsistency was perhaps typical of Midland Red and although it was far from true it could almost be argued that no two BMMO's were the same.

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