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

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Western Scottish Seddon KS2650 at Coventry

One of the less likely vehicles one was likely to see at Pool Valley in Coventry in 1979 was this Alexander bodied Seddon based some distance away at the Western Scottish garage at Kilmarnock.

Farewell to Plymouth: First 33420

No I don't suppose under normal circumstances I will be going to Plymouth again which is a pity as I've been many many times. Still as the years have gone by the experience has been watered down and even though I'm not a huge First Bus fan they were rather less dull than Stagecoach whose much more modern fleet seems to lack variety, indeed it is the same wherever one goes these days. Lets be thankful there are still other things to take photographs of like in this view taken last Summer.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A DSB DAB in Kolding

With the exception of Copenhagen's PTE HT with 1250 buses in 1986, the Danish Railways or as they were known DSB was the largest bus fleet in Denmark. Unlike many Danish operators which nixed a fairly balanced Volvo Aabeneraa and DAB fleet, the Silkeborg Leyland factory had only supplied them with about twenty of the almost six-hundred strong fleet and one of the second batch was seen in Kolding.

Monday, 22 August 2016

A Birkenhead Daimler Fleetline RCM 507

In comparison with the droves of Leyland Atlanteans there were far fewer Fleetlines built with this original style of MCW bodywork perhaps mainly because by the time this Daimler arrived there was a lot more choice of body styles. These nine buses were a sole purchase for Birkenhead as really I'm sure it wanted to stick to it's tried and trusted Massey Leyland PD2 combination. There seems to be plenty of forward ventilation provided for the crew but not so much for the passengers upstairs.

Old Leylands Nrever Die.....

....but they might just get a red nose. Seen in the Eighties this Dutch example seen in Copenhagen was a survivor of an era that had vanished there.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Brighton Open-Top Leyland PD3 LUF 133F

Very much a feature of Brighton was it's open top buses, this MCW bodied PD3 was delivered new as as believe it or not an OPO bus. But after it was converted I imagine with most people getting on and off at the same points these duties were less demanding with regard to driver neck-ache on sea-front duties. Still I'm sure they must have been popular with the public at least and No.33 LUF 133F might have been pictured in 1979 but all four were still with Brighton in 1985.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Birmingham Two Faces of National Express

I finally managed to go to Birmingham and back on my bus pass and it wasn't that far although the 126 seems to take forever. In the old days on the straight through Midland Red 196 via Wolverhampton it used to take two hours but was always quicker if I went through Walsall instead. On this occasion it was still the case for I was back fifteen minutes quicker but I must admit I was very lucky with my connections as the No.1 from Walsall should have already been gone by the time I reached the stop.