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

Monday, 29 October 2018

Mending A Battered BMMO D9 at Stafford

This photo was taken late in the Sixties after one of  the Midland Red Stafford D9's had had a bump whilst on the long 865 to Dudley via Walsall. I don't know what happened here but the roads crossing Cannock Chase are particular accident black spots with speeding cars, dips in the road and of course straying deer, not to mention hard to see big red double-decker buses. Unlike the one beside it this bus was an earlier example built with wings around the wheel-arches and as far as I know 5316 also at Stafford was the first one so treated..


Shieldsman said...

Excellent - a rarely-seen side of bus activity.
It may amuse you to know that a D9 currently features on a stand (Carlyle bus parts) at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham. It's not the only heritage bus there - the first Mancunian (1001) can also be seen.

christopher said...

In the Sixties I used to buy an excellent trade magazine called 'Bus and Coach' and each edition featured a different aspect of the industry with interesting well illustrated articles and many of these showed this side of bus work. Now restored in Manchester I've travelled on 1001 and it is still an impressive sight.