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, 24 April 2017

B44 PJA: Is Fazakerley a bit of 'Scouser' for Exactly

Following Deregulation there was a lot of tit-for-tat rivalry even between the biggest operators much of it pointless. GM Buses of Manchester even set up a depot in Liverpool to do the extra work in the area as MTL buses plied their trade in Central Manchester as can be witnessed by this NC bodied Leyland Olympian with the depot code letter L on the front.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Red Arrow S443 GUW 443W at Victoria Station

London Buses had about 500 Leyland Nationals but they were not a familiar sight in Central London till a new fleet of Red Arrows arrived in the shape of the National2 who's lively engine roar culd be heard some distance away but I expect these lively buses were quite popular with the drivers.Ok i know someone will tell me different.

Monday, 17 April 2017

An Insight at Plymouth Bretonside: C151 SPB

Following Deregulation the marketing men went a bit mad with new names and liveries. I think they should have reinforced well-respected existing names like Green Line instead  for had I not been an enthusiast I would never have guessed this Berkhof bodied Leyland Tiger belonged to London Country. It was seen at Plymouth Bretonside bathed in bright light whilst alongside it was one of Wallace Arnold's oddities a Mercedes O608 with a Plaxton body. I guess this was very much a one off and must show how much the Scarborough bodybuilder must have valued this major customer. I imagine it was bought for the Torquay operation where a little coach like this was the ideal tool for squeezing down those Devon country lanes.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ny Easter Quiz Question: The Answer

I asked if anyone could guess which BTC/Tilling operator with a seventeen bus allocation at one of it's depots found on my 1967 PSV News Sheet on every single bus had at least one number nine in it's registration. The answer was Southern National at Seaton.

696 EDV 559D
980 KUO 993
986 KUO 999
1341 LTA 997
1342 LTA 998
1343 LTA 999
1344 MOD 971
1607 LTA 976
1762 RTT 981
1847 LTA 957
1851 LTA 994
1877 RTT 996
1913 UOD 496
1914 UOD 497
1915 UOD 498
1945 VDV 779
2613 911 AUO

Word Play: Don't Call me "A Lag!"

No I didn't say anything but what looks like two sisters in Copenhagen look very disagreeable and don't look happy despite the sunshine of Copenhagen. With all the blinds pulled down it must have been quite warm on the Belgium Galexy bodied Renault here for the St Josef Fanfare.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Scrap Midland Red C3 at Sid Taylor's Snows Yard in Stafford

Based in a large old quarry with grand views from the edge of mainly condemned Birmingham City buses,  Bird of Stratford on Avon  was probably the best known of the more traditional muddy scrap yards in Britain before the Yorkshire lads elevated it onto an more industrial scale. But another significant one in the Midlands was here at Stafford where Sid Taylor was well placed to collect the scrap Midland Red buses from the Lichfield dump fifteen miles away. I picked up the old tax disk off 3977 the LA Prototype which had been lying in the dried muddy clay and now wished I had kept it despite being so faded it was hard to read. Probably more worthy of being saved would have been one of these Willowbrook bodied C3 coaches as I'm not sure any are in preservation which is a pity as Black and White of Cheltenham had similar bodies on some AEC and Guy's. But  I think one of the problems was the timber frames rotted away and even some of the BMMO's had been rebdied in 1962 by Plaxton to update the touring fleet for even though not too ugly did look dated.  Although I say it myself, not a bad photo for my very first camera an Ilford Sporty with no adjustments just a viewfinder with point and shoot

Berlin: Cities Change Too Much for My Liking

I'm lucky as I don't feel my age too much so far as ageing hasn't slowed me down to greatly apart from being on chemo at the moment of course. But the worst thing by far is how the world changes for innovation might excite us when we are young but somethings we wish would never change like my favorite buses and even the ordinary ones like this 1978 Berlin MAN double-decker on the Ku-damm in about 1982. I know it's sad but I don't really even want to go to a fantastic city like Berlin any more, but on the other hand you haven't met my brother who lives there and that puts most visitors off lol. The 19 was at the time perhaps the busiest route in the city as it went from end to end of this always busy thoroughfare and also short hop tickets were made available for shoppers so buses were always full. This one was not going all the way as it was garaged at Cicero str..