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, 22 May 2018

Northern Counties Bodied Leopard at Chester

During the Seventies single-deck variety was a rarity because the market was geared towards the ubiquitous  Leyland National and bus grant service coaches. Most of the few other saloons went to the remaining municipals and bodywork included the Duple Dominent but both both East-Lancs and Northern Counties managed to pick up some business. With rather square NC bodywork was this short Leyland Leopard with Chester. City Transport and looking smart in the updated 'more cream'  traditional brown based livery.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Fiat Trieste Inbus 261

Rather like the French with so much elegance and beauty all around mundane considerations like the design of it's buses don't matter to much, or so it seems. A typical Italian Fiat town buses looks as if it's ready to depart in Triente.

PMT: Turner's Leyland National2 A306 JFA in Stafford

Sadly all the long established Independent bus companies have now gone from the Potteries and even PMT now part of First has barely one-hundred buses where once I remember there were over five-hundred. After PMT took over Turner of Brown Edge they retained the name and attractive livery for a time and it even appeared on Leyland National2 A306 JFA which was seen in Stafford where most people wouldn't know who Turner's were.

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.