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

Sunday, 20 May 2018

City of Oxford Fleetline at Bicester MJO 389H

Apart from a rather big garage in the city at Cowley Road, City of Oxford only had small and tiny depots and one of these small ones was at Bicester. Near to it was this Northern Counties bodied Daimler Fleetline with passengers on board probably awaiting a new driver to take them to their destination.

Chris White AEC Reliance at Bretonside

As with local football teams bus enthusiasts take sides and most notably between AEC and Leyland people, and I expect if one was to do a head count it would be for the Southall concern. I'm not sure it's quite so marked with coach builders but Plaxton might have been a little in some respects it was Duple that provided the most variety and one of it's best designs, the Dominant looked superb on this AEC Reliance parking up at Bretonside on a day trip to Plymouth.

Friday, 18 May 2018

DAB Articulated Bus in Sheffield C103 HDT

Very much a feature in SYT days were the DAB Leyland articulated buses seen in Sheffield, an idea that has still to take off in Britain especially following their unpopularity in London.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Enjoying An All Britain Tour: Shearings Tiger D595 MVR

I don't know where I took this photo of a new Shearings Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger on a National Holidays UK tour but I expect it's passengers drowning their sorrows over a cup of tea didn't care either and must have wished they had stayed at home. I've a feeling it's one of those cafes that served up everything with a Yorkshire Pudding up north on the A1.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Yeoman's Bedford VAL CVJ 800C

The small city of Hereford being on the south-west flank of the giant Midland Red empire also played host to a number of large companies, indeed Red and White had a small depot here too. On the Independent front as well as Wye Valley was Yeoman's who provided an attractive bottle-green painted mix of interesting old and bought new buses including this quite rare Duple bodied Bedford VAL. A little quirk that lasted many years was the way the company tried to register it's buses with a hundred number. Probably they had a friend who worked in the local road-tax office who helped if they could to find one that was available.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Ian Allan: Bus Aren't What They Used to Be

Ian Allan realised there were rail enthusiasts who would welcome pocket size handbooks full of numbers and this led to a nationwide craze for spotting trains during the Fifties and before. With buses London Transport was well represented of course but later came other bus companies too and area books. All of these date from before my spotting days started indeed the ABC of London dates from December 1944. I think it must be quite a rariry and was given to me today by my friend Natalin, and it sumarises the bus fleet but all the trolleybuses and trams are listed individually although the trolleys lack any registration numbers. A useful reference book with includes the garages and trams sheds too.

Springtime in Dresden

Following German Reunification the former East was getting a makeover and western modernity was springing up all around as can be witnessed by the three-axle Neoplan Syliner coach just visible. But like the eco-unfriendly brown coal blackened cathedral the old trams were badly in need of a spring clean.