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

Friday, 18 August 2017

PVT 225LPMT Bristol RELL ECW at Newcastle

PMT like a number of other former BET Group companies was a bit late taking the Bristol RE's and it was to be only for a short whilst the operators waited for 'the miracle bus' the admired and much hated Leyland National Mark1. Perhaps buying RE's was one of the  better moves of the NBC as it asserted itself, as in recent times PMT had bought some rather troublesome buses from the early lowheight Atlanteans to the notoriously bad Daimler Roadliner.  Behind is the Foden NC double-decker which was sent to PMT as like the Medway Towns the demanding urban terrain of the Potteries was considered ideal for bus trials. Also of course those people in the Potteries could quickly spot a dud when they saw one.

Cave's Willowbrook Warrior bodied Bedfords

A rarity seen in Birmingham was this Bedford YRT whose Van-Hool coach body was replaced with a Willowbrook bus body

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Early Sixties Bedford Holds on in Wrexham.

Cornwall was always a good place to find normally time-expired buses and coaches because the mild climate meant there was never any salt on the roads in Winter. Another good region to find them was on the sparcely populated  English- Welsh border. This time it was not so much the weather to thank but not so good for the operators concerned was the fact that they probably couldn't afford anything else where operation was more about margins than profit and old Bedfords were easy to look after and cheap to run. Good places to hunt were in the Forset of Dean and towns like Shrewsbury and here at Wrexham.

DSV 61&V Lothian Transport Atlantean in Edinburgh

With greater wear of components  hilly terrain must be quite a problem for many bus operators but as a photographer it can lead to more interesting shots. A visit to Edinburgh could give one lovely feelings of nostalgia as Lothian buses continued the fine tradition once the norm amongst a number of Municipals of taking a pride in the bus operation in this instance it took over from Edinburgh Corportation. Sadly as elsewhere the Scottish capital city has to keep up with times and these attractive Alexander bodied Atlanteans are now just a memory as were the other Leylands which once dominated this fine fleet of which I note there were 700 buses in 1964.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Green Line Tiger ECW on Eccleston Bridge, Victoria

I suppose for most people the centre of London is Trafalgar square or Oxford Street but for bus enthusiasts it has to be Victoria with it's bus station beside the station, Victoria Coach Station and we must not forget the Green Line departures from Eccleston Bridge. Here was a good spot for photos and there were often other coaches to get in the shot too like this MCW Metroliner of Eastern Scottish passing a Green Line ECW bodied Tiger bound for Windsor on the 701. After Deregulation and the sell off of the various London Country units Green Line fragmented and went into decline and  more focus went on to the airport links and busy commuter corridors.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lugano FBW Trolleybus 117

As well as railways Switzerland has also always been a but if an enthusiasts mecca for Trams and trolleybuses. This example dating from the late Sixties early Seventies and still in a livery that fitted that time was in the now defunct network of Lugano,

MRN Redline Rebodied Tiger B103 KPF

Before Stafford was pedestrianised this used to be my favourite spot for bus photography in the town. Looking back when clean and fresh this 'Drawline' livery devised by Ray Stenning was rather attractive and suited the rebodied Green Line Tigers which flooded the town. Most spend some time at Stafford, allocated or working from Cannock but I thought 1723 was going to be an exception but early on it was moved here from Crewe and was unusual as it still had it's Leyland front wheel trims. It was working a former Happy Days service.