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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Yorkshire Traction Leopard XHE 234 at Barnsley

I always loved the 100 Midland Red LS!8 Leyland Leopards with early 36ft Willowbrook and Weymann bodywork, and I was enthused enough to take photos of similar buses with other operators. Indeed it's stange really as I didn't take that many of the Midland Red examples. In Yorkshire a number of BET operators ran the including Hebble with AEC Reliances, East Yorkshire, and Yorkshire Traction along with County. It looked like YTC No.301 had recently come out of the paintshop in this view from about 1970 taken with my old Voitlander.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Ingleby's ex Southdown Leopard in York

Ingleby's operated this attractive liveried former Southdown Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard which was seen in York bound for Pocklington to the East.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Mis-Spent Youth: A Head Full of Buses

Here is a shot I took at Alton a couple of years ago of a Hants and Dorset Lodekka. Even though the various BTC 'Tilling' operators were a bit boring operating the same rather conservative buses each operator had it's niceties. Hant and Dorset scored well as even in 1967 it had a fleet of interesting rebuilt elderly open-top deckers plus a host of single-deckers with rather quirky full-fronts added, then there was that little sun-visor above the cab window, and not forgetting a definite thumbs-up from enthusiasts colour coded fleet number plates showing it's depot, which in the case of 1961 FS6G No.1450 was the small garage at Woolston in Southampton. Now my wings have been clipped a bit whilst I do my stint on chemo I've been getting all my PSV Circle listed depot allocations together and to pass the dull afternoons have been going through my old spotter notebooks from the Sixties to see where I scored and what I missed. As I'm just doing this operator I'm a bit of an expert till I move on to the next one Wilts and Dorset and forget it all. I don't know why but it's amazing really as for some reason I missed all the gorgeous open-toppers which were stored in the big garage beneath Bournemouth Bus Station when I visited the town. No point fretting we can't go back but one place I never thought I had been spotting was here at Alton and I was delighted at that, but that was the trouble with hitch-hiking as a hurried and random visit can be quite forgettable especially when one has to get back before it gets dark. Yes even looking through old tatty notebooks can bring back memories and be revealing.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

PMT Paramount Leisure Tiger in Manchester

After it was sold off to it's management by the the NBC the ambitious and confident PMT startied marketing it's coaching activities as Paramount a word which also contained the letters PMT. Coincidentally a Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Leyland Tiger was seen here doing the National Express 541 to London in Manchester.

Friday, 24 February 2017

MCW Metropolitan on 53 in Whitehall

Till I did my scan I was wondering how I could have taken a classic LT view of Whitehall without a Routemaster in sight but of course there is one coming along. More interesting is with another MCW Metrolpolitan tucked in behind the DMS I wonder if that too was on the 53. What amazes me about London was there seemed to be diligent looking bus inspectors with pens and notepads at many a timing point studying a pocket watch yet buses on one route still managed to run in convoys of three like this with the most work-shy crew tucked in at the back not picking any people. That doesn't happen so much today as each bus in satellite tracked from a control room.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Bern 226: That Nasty Old Winter Sun

Bright sunlight can cause all sorts of problems particularly in winter but I see it more as a challenge than anything else for whenever possible I like to portray what's there for that is what we see and there is no right or wrong way to take a photo, jut some are better than others. By the end of the Nineties Bern had a large number of new modern articulated buses that replaced the old FBW's mainly from from the Sixties and coming up alongside No.226 was one of the then oldest and last of the boggie trams. I used to go to Switzerland for a week in about February and despite having the charming small capital Bern as my base I didn't get much chance to take photos as I was rushing for trains after breakfast and it was dark when I got back. However I had a friend who worked for the Post Office (PTT) at the offices and bus works and as well as visiting him I had a few hours to spare here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dennis Loline 462 EOT at Reading

After the MAP survey did a Doctor Beeching axe job on the NBC companies not only were rural routes cut but in some cases so many not too old buses were withdrawn operators like Alder Valley were only left with less interesting stock, VR's, Nationals, and Leopard coaches. When I visited the garage at Reading it's large yard was packed with a lot of the good stuff  awaiting disposal including this survivor an Alexander bodied Dennis Loline from Aldershot and District, These buses had been gone a year or two by 1981 but 462 EOT lasted a bit long as a yellow training vehicle. This photo might have been my goodbye to it but thankfully it has been saved and in the safe hands of preservationists who have restored it to it's former glory.