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

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Bern Switzerland: Glorious days like this.....

Glorious days  like this remind one of all the other glorious days like this. The small Swiss capital city of Bern can be cold and gloomy in winter but like other historic towns there when the winter sun shone it could be almost magical and of course helped on too by the sight of smart rumbling along trams like 726 which I guess dated from a year or two either side of 1960, perhaps even 1962. I had detailed list but I've mislaid it but that would have been no good as I just remembered it was only Swiss trolleybuses lol.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

AFM 111G.Crosville RELH at Oswestry on the Ellesmere Run

I'm not sure if we are all the same but I have favourite buses, maybe it's the one of a batch that even in old age looked particularly smart, or that Leopard or Leyland PD3 with the even more distinctive exhausr note. But often it was buses I used to encounter regularly as I drove around the countryside. At one time I used to do some agricultural chemical deliveries for RHM at Fradley and that took me to Lincoln and back and then on to Wrexham . A bus I often encountered was this long demoted ECW Bristol RELH  London express coach now working from Oswestry garage which as the destination suggests could usually be seen on the country roads around the lakeside village of Ellesmere.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Da Blau Bus of Holte at Lyngby

HT was the Copenhagen PTE and as well as operating buses to the fringes of the conurbation allowed under license a fair number of existing smaller operators to continue. The Danes often called their bus company by the colours and not surprisingly this was Blau Bus. Just to make things a bit confusing another one with blue buses also ran into Lyngby in the northern suburbs where there was a bus/rail interchange. This Volvo B10M had a rather ugly Carlson/VBK body whereas the other blue buses were more familiar DAB-Leylands.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

WNW 165S: West Yorkshire PTE Atlantean in the snow

I remember from my driving days they used to get a lot more snow in the Wypte area than thy did in Lancashire where it all turned to rain. Often if I had a few minutes I would stop to grab a couple of photos like this one taken on the road between Halifax and Leeds A light dusting of snow and a bit of weak sunshire always made a good picture and I also rather liked these Roe bodied Atlanteans but of course the had Fleetlines too for the less Leyland f this type orientated fleets like Halifax and Huddersfield.

CX58 FZJ: Arriva VDL Wright in Liverpool

I'm not quite sure what Arriva's livery policy is but despite most vehicles these days being in the two shades of 'aquamarine' some later arrivals still were delivered in the original colour scheme like this Wright bodied VDL in Liverpool. But it all adds to the variety if that's what you want to call it, and without the grill painted over it still looked quite smart despite being eight years old in 2016.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Arriva DAF Alexander 400 in Wolverhampton

Arriva doesn't run many double-deckers in my area of the Midlands so it will be sad to see the odd one or two Alexander bodied DAF's go when the company closes it's Wednesfield garage in April. I travelled on this bus when it was doing the 530 in competition with Banga Bus and it seemed to go like a rocket. Unfortunately the Arriva buses not only tended to hurry they often reached the destination almost empty as nobody told them to pick up passengers whereas the Banga drivers knew their regulars and would wait for them to cross the road etc and even drop people off closer to home if they were infirm.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

New Acquisitions: Doncaster, Western Welsh, Royal Blue

I keep telling myself I'm going to cut back on buying diecasts, something that should be helped but the fact that I have most of the ones I want. However there is always one that hadn't yet made it on to my wanted radar. The Doncaster Roe Karrier W trolleybus certainly was as I most like models with a connection and I remember in very young pre-enthusiast days seeing the Doncaster fleet as we headed through the town on a family to Scarborough and Whitby in about 1960. I've a feeling the OOC AEC Reliance in Western Welsh blue is something of a rarity and I did an impulsive purchase. The Royal Blue Bristol MW with rather uninspirig ECW bodywork is a new casting from Oxford Diecast and I had to grab it as well, a lovely model it is too just look at the fine spacing of the window pillars. I bought another bus for £2.80 a YTC Tiger Cub and a coffee table book on BET Buses and the expedition cost me me fifty quid!