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, 29 July 2018

Right till the end of the Sixties bus driving might not have been a well paid job it was still a skilled profession which merited some pride and even loyalty. There was always the odd scruffy driver who knew all the fiddles, raced along jumping gear changes and who ran early or late but rarely on time. But in those days there were always plenty of inspectors to make sure they didn't get away with it. By the Nineties bus driving had just become a job and crews often moved backwards and forwards between local companies so there was no incentive to fly the flag. In this view taken in Liverpool the driver of the NC bodied Olympian has his shirt undone to his waist, and  whilst the driver of the other Leyland an East Lancs bodied Atlantean might look much more smart and properly dressed he is smoking a cigarette. This of course was not uncommon and not against the law but it was against the regulations and I remember one poor Standerwick Gay Hostess driver passing through Stafford who got reported by the local Ministry vehicle examiner for contentedly puffing away on his pipe.

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