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, 20 September 2017

Winterthur Articulated Vovo Bus 305

As well as narrow-gauge mountain railways and trams Switzerland still has a good number of trolleybus systems including Winterthur best known for it's 'Assurance' insurance advertisements. Here in 1989 was a Volvo articulated bus and a Saurer trolleybus in the background. It's easy to tell them apart as in the cantons trolleybuses don't have to carry registration numbers.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BNE 736N: R Bullock of Cheadle

From a frontal view alone one would never be able to guess whether this former Greater Manchester Northern Counties bodied bus negotiating the building work at Piccadilly for the tramway was one of it's vast fleet of Atlanteans or a slightly less numerous Fleetline. As it turned out like most of the Manchester Independents who had a go following Deregulation Bullocks went for the Daimler Fleetline so I knew already. But they were in good company as Mayne and Walls liked them too. Following former 7420 was GM 7916 an Atlantean with a Park Royal body and easy to recognise against the crisp angled NC bodied buses as it had a more rounded front dome

Monday, 18 September 2017

ORD 120R Reading Trasport MCW-Scania Metropolitan

Reading Transport has always had a look of it's own reflected in the vehicles it bought, but another characteristic was that it sort of glanced over it's shoulder and looked to see what London was buying for it often seemed to copy them, and a good example was this MCW Metropolitan double-decker which was hoped with a chassis and running units by Scania might be a better buy than what the lackluster  Leyland organisation had to offer. It's downfall though was over-sophistication and rust. Nevertheless not only did they buy  thirty-three of these, in 1983 they acquired another twenty-one from London Transport so perhaps they could still be a good bus if well looked after and loved . No 120 looked not only smart but still rather impressive as it sped off from Reading Station for Ereleigh Road.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

London Transpot RT LUC 291

Elderly RT 2043 displayed at Alton this year as a new Putney Garage bus finds a young admirer in need of a photo.

Friday, 15 September 2017

A Green Line Olympian to Blythe

I used to go to Tyneside working quite frequently especially to Wallsend. But if time was at a premium which it usually was I didn't venture far off route perhaps stopping at Jarrow Bus Station and garage which was at the entrance of the Tyne Tunnel. But knowing I might retire soon I treated myself to a quick visit to Newcastle. I parked in the low town and paid for one-hour on a meter which should have been enough, but the heavens opened up and I had to scrabble for a few shots once the rain had stopped which is why perhaps I wasn't too worried about the odd car in the way. Still I quite like realistic truthful images as these tend to get more interesting as time goes on. I didn't have time to find another one of these Northhumria former Green Line ECW Olympian coaches so I did my best.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The at Lichfield825: Now that was a Midland Red Route.

Sadly not much is left of the old Midland Red, most of the garages have gone as have the bus stations, anyway at least the way they used to be. Of course there are still a few reinforced concrete bus stop poles around. But a decent reminder is those few bus routes which have not changed. The 825 going between Stafford and Lichfield is a good example but the actual route has been altered and it's fortunate that D7,D9 and the D10's double-deckers no longer work it as they would not get much further than Great Haywood from Stafford. The Sixties built bus station in Lichfield is still very much the same though where an Arriva Wright bodied VDL was seen although Volvo's are more common on this route.

A low height Metrobus with Yorkshire Traction

The MCW Metrobus was very common and gave Leyland a good run for it's money. But a low height Metrobus was something quite different as I think they only built one small batch of complete vehicles for Yorkshire Traction, I guess they were hoping to steal some of those large NBC orders as even if there were no low bridges the low height of the Leyland Olympian made it less prone to tree damage etc. It materialised just as the NBC was being sold off and for a time new bus orders dried up so it did not come along at a good time. No.716 was just leaving Leeds for Barnsley when still quite new.