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

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Runcorn Busway National2 at Warrington AFM 3W

I was never much of a fan of the original Leyland National especially in those rather drab NBC colours but I had quite a soft spot for the later Mark2 with it's more pleasing sounds and more of 'a bus feel'. Crosville had some including this example for the Runcorn Busway, but by the time the firm had been renamed North Western these by now quite elderly buses like this were doing more normal duties like this well patronised run to Warrington.

Penkridge Last Weeks of the 76

One thing that can be said about the Fifties and Sixties, apart from routine fleet replacement there seemed very little that changed in the bus world. It's a very different tale today as nothing seems to stay the same for long which is perhaps a good reson to take pictures of this fleeting history. Taken last summer not only was Arriva's 76 about to go so a year later the bus's Wednesfield garage would close too. This route had a long history as Midland Red introduced it in about 1968 when the long 196 Birmingham to Stafford service was cut back to Wolverhampton and the final section becoming single-deck OPO from Wolverhampton Garage as the 876. At Arriva standards vary greatly and one can take a pleasant smooth ride on similar Wright bodid VDL buses to this working from Cannock but Wednesfield had problems and buses often used to suffer from the smell of fuel leaks, vibration, and even catching fire but miraculously when I was aboard we always got there but some didn't.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Edelskov Ford Plaxton in Copehagen

When I grew up Britin seemed to dominate half of the world with it's bus exports now it's the other way around I'm afraid. But in he Eighties Ford nand Plaxton found a market for it's products in Denmark where they would have been quite cheap and ideal for the low speeds allowed and flat terrain. Edelskov was one of the local tour operators in Copenhagen.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Warrington Daimler Fleetline CRC 250J

Warrington was a keen buyer of good used buses from other Municipals like this Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline which came from Derby.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Copehagen: The Vikings Are Coming

From Sweden in Copenhagen was this Swedish visitor on a Travellers charter, a Scania operated by Viking in an attractive livery with a Viking boat on the side.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

West Midlands Metrobus BOK 8V Bound for Rubery

Memories of Birmingham with one of WM's first Metrobuses No.2008 bound for Rubery and fresh-faced schoolboys in the lunch-hour, I wonder what they are doing now.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Arriva FJ06 ZTG My Bus World is a mix of good and bad

Any slight feelings of nostalgia accepted I have to say I prefer many of today's buses to the Leyland National or more recently the Plaxton Pointer Dennis Dart. Yes I rather enjoy riding on Enviro 400 double-deckers, and Wright bodied VDL's like this one so no I don't feel I have to live in the bus past so much today but I did at one time. Many of Arriva's routes are a bit of a pain as they go all-around-the-Wrekin and one could cycle to Cannock in far less time than it takes the 60 as it is only seven miles away from here at Lichfield whereas 60 must mean sixty minutes.Arriva do try initiatives every so often to add extra faster services but when loadings are poor they just cut it whereas the more astute operators make stronger decisions and wait for the boardings to rise which happens wit time if it is reliable. However the problem with Arriva is they have too many managers who just come and go and all they really do is annoy the public as change is often for change sake before they move on.