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
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Built in Oldham the truck maker Seddon tried to make an impact on the bus market and won some notable orders particularly as the NBC took for Crosville 100 badly needed new single-deckers to speed OPO. Independent minded Lancashire United Transport didn't always follow the normal flow of things and ordered some Seddon RU's too with rather dated looking flat-fronted Plaxton dual-entrance bodies for one-person operation. This 1971 bus No 392 New in 1971DTC 740J was seen close to it's home depot at Swinton and lasted twelve-years.
Monday, 30 August 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
With the exception of perhaps the town buses of Lisbon and Porto I'm getting a bit short of new views of Portugal's buses. However as it's my Birthday today I thought I would offer you all this little slice of celebratory cake. It's a Volvo but apart from that I can't tell you much.
Yes I remember the day well, buswise this was my Birthday Treat being a smart Tiger but how many years ago? But it was the end of the 90's when I caught this Mayne's coach dropping off in Moss Side LIB 6437 (C437 YBA) just before the light started to fail at tea-time
Friday, 27 August 2010
At one time the Municipal bus fleet of Plymouth was 100% Leyland and also there was a time when most of the fleet was made up of Atlanteans. This view was taken in about 1980 which was very much their Heyday. Many were supplied with a style of attractive Park Royal bodywork which was more usually found with the National Bus Company. GDR 203N No.78 was paused outside the large bus garage at Milehouse.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
N.B. Sorry about the poor quality it is a basic schoolboy camera photo.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
In the early Eighties to help dictate it's future purchasing policy London Buses tried nine new double-deckers from three manufacturers. The three V-class Volvo Ailsas and Leyland Oympians L1-3 were new types for the Capital but the three Metrobuses were already a tried and tested bus hence the high fleet numbers carried M1441-3. However they were the later Mk2 type with a slightly lower specification and different looking front with a long narrow grill. 260 Olympians arrived but the trials didn't make a lot of difference as Britain's largest bus company was soon to be deregulated and split up into nice bite-size chunks ready to be sold off. M1441 now part of 'South London' crawls towards Camberwell whilst one of those Olympians that was ordered L212 head towards Elephant & Castle and Central London.
Monday, 23 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
When I first came to Brig in the early Nineties there were a few of these Setra 215's to be seen but the local PTT fleet of the Swiss Post Office here was still mostly classic Saurer RH. But by the end of the decade they had all gone and P25062 displays it's Deregulated 'Die Poste' livery showing us that it by this time in 1998 was in the second half of it's working days here.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
It has more or less dissappeared now but once the South Wales Valleys was very industrialised with coal mining and steel making. Sadly it's bus interest has declined too and all that is left of the many local Municipal operators is in the large towns of Cardiff and Newport. The attractive fleet of Rhymney Valley came about following the merger of three of these belonging to local Urban District Councils. Galligaer was one of them but here we see one of the seven former tiny Bedwas & Machin fleet, Massey bodied AEC Regent V No.5 422 CAX which had become a trainer at the Mill Lane garage of the biggest of the three Caerphilly which contributed thirty Leylands. As I said all this is just a memory now.