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, 12 August 2018

Midland Red LD8 4068 at Coventry Pool Meadow

Coventry didn't have a Midland Red garage but it was well served by the company particularly from routes worked by Leamington. Stalwarts for many years were the town's fourteen of the 100 LD8's which tended to look smart and a lot more loved compared to their Birmingham and Black Country sisters which had hard lives.


Mick said...

Christopher, although a Norfolk boy, I loved Midland Red and their very special vehicles. The NBC had a lot to answer for in my opinion and the current big groups hold very little interest for me. Sometimes I wish I could indulge in time travel. As a teenager I spent some time with a school friend's family in Coventry and used Midland Red to visit Walsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, West Bromwich to check out the local municipalities and to Stratford and the wonderful Stratford Blue. Living in Great Yarmouth I always loved the DPs and coached of MR that visited the town on summer expresse services.
Oh well, as they say, nostalgia is a thing of the past.
I always enjoy your blog and great photos.

christopher said...

Hi Mick thanks for your comments. Yes I miss things as they were in the Sixties too but it was all about to tumble when the NBC stepped in as the BET Group were losing money and Midland Red had already decided that it was no longer financially viable to build it's own buses and people to build them as well as they could find better paid jobs at Longbridge.