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 30 August 2019

Deeble of Upton Cross ex Gliderway 4425 HA

Passing out of Devon into the wilder realms of Cornwall was rather enjoyable as it seemed like some sort of fifteen-year time-warp. This was largely due to the number of elderly classic buses to be found working with the Independents, particularly Deeble of Upton Cross. Seen at the picturesque harbour in Looe was a former Gliderways of Bearwood Harrington Cavalier bodied Leyland Leopard.

Friday 23 August 2019

West Midlands Scania BX09 OZP

A National Express West Midlands Scania passes through Bilston in 2016.

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Bristol VR's with Southdown in Brighton

Even though traditionally Southdown had been very much Leyland orientated in the NBC era it shunned the Atlantean, even disposing of it's much better AN68's in favour of the Bristol VR and here are three examples in Brighton.

Monday 19 August 2019

Newcastle Atlanteans

For a number of years a trip to a town or city with it's own bus fleet meant we were treated to the screech and roar of the Atlantean, Newcastle on Tyne had a large fleet as did Northern General which included Gateshead and District. Of all the PTE liveries I think I like that on Tyneside which retained yellow and cream even into it's later post Deregulation Busways day,. most had Alexander or lookalike fronted bodies by MCW.

Thursday 15 August 2019

P & D York T9 PDY

Maybe I'm just getting old but not only buses but coaches are not very pretty these days. There's a selection here in Stafford headed by an Irizar bodied Scania with an ugly front.

Friday 9 August 2019

National Express West Midlands BJ03 EVN 4461

West Midlands buses outside The Bull Ring Centre in Birmingham in 2016 including Dennis Trident 4461.

Thursday 8 August 2019

Lancaster Leyland Leopard WFV 20R

The very grand sounding Lancaster city Transport stayed faithful to Leylands till it was eventually devoured by the voracious Stagecoach group. Leopards were popular and they included the Alexander Y-type which was a canny buy and they proved to later make popular second-hand acquisitions after sale.

Wednesday 7 August 2019

National Welsh Bristol VR BUH 238V at Bridgend

Bridgend had been the Western Welsh biggest garage but by the time I took this in the Eighties there were not so many buses to be seen. National Welsh had a lot of Nationals and Leopards at the expense of the double-decker but there were still some around like this Bristol VR bound for Porthcawl.

A Macmillan Solo

Macmillan Cancer Support is what it says and I know that as they provided me with a cancer nurse when I was ill but it is funny that a charity which promotes togetherness should have a bus called a Solo. Modern buses have uses apart from stage carriage service and with it's large windows and low-floor this Optare midi-bus model makes a good exhibition vehicle as seen here in Stafford.

Monday 5 August 2019

Whippet of Fenstanston C189 NFL in Fleet Street

All the excitement of London, one thing that is always fascinating is one never knows what's around the next corner even if it's only a Whippet Plaxton 3500 bodied DAF and a London Suburban Titan heading down Fleet Street.

Thursday 1 August 2019

Stevensons Wright Bodied Mercedes 0405 in Birmingham

Mercedes-Benz in the Nineties looked as though it might soon be making heavy inroads into the UK bus market but it didn't really happen. Minibuses and Wright bodies on the reliable O405's were quite popular like this Stevenson's example but the Citaro which followed gave off mixed messages especially fires and bad publicity from the London bendibuses. Since then they have been sold all over the world so they must have sorted out all the problems but I guess the Brits prefer to stick with their Alexander-Dennis Enviros and Wright bodied VDL's.