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, 22 June 2017

Havel Bus P-AV-945

Not surprisingly in the old East Germany they were suspicious of cameras, especially the older folk but I never had any problems. Reunification meant the writing was on the wall for the ubiquitous Ikarus fleet and they were quickly replaced by buses like this typical MAN artic. One thing we Brits have to get used to is the well used cycle lanes where people feel safe enough to travel with a helmet.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

HT DAB 2054 in Copenhagen

It must be an age thing but often when I visit a place it's the oldest buses that catch my eye and gain affection. These DAB Leylands were nicely rounded and some dated from 1964 with examples still in service in 1982 from 1967. However 2054 was one of the last examples of this family of similar buses dating from October 1972 which went as far as 2058. However some had a bit more time as thy were being repainted.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Linclon Roe bodied Atlantean AVL 278C

Lincoln Corporation had two small batches of four Atlanteans with the favored Roe bodywork for most types. The 'unripened' apple green green colour was a bit dreary but like many Municipal buses the hand painted local advertisments always added a touch of quality.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Stagecoach SN16 OTC in Liverpool

Our city centres are a lot more clean than they used to be especially without all that coal smoke. But probably vehicle exhausts are just as big a health hazard, I say plant more of those trees. From an enthusiasts point of view because Stagecoach run such a modern standardised fleet there isnothing worth chasing after unless of course Alexander-Dennis Enviro SN16 OTC No.15067 is about to be move down to Exeter. As you can see our Sundays are almost as busy as during the week with shoppers.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western National Bristol VR AFJ 702T at Bretonside

For me bus nostalgia was for the pre-PTE and NBC era with by later standards smartly turned out vehicles. So I let most of Seventies with it's Leyland Nationals wash over me but I particularly enjoyed that 'Indian Summer' we had following Deregulation till the last of the good of British buses departed. One place I will miss is Plymouth Bretonside where there was to be enjoyed the Gardner whine from Bristol VR's with each one sounding slightly different whether singing along or just boomy and all accompanied by the squawking of the seagulls to give that cornish pasty a bit of seaside relish.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Islwyn East-Lancs Leyland Tiger C42 CKG at Cardiff

Obviously I picked the wrong time of the day to visit Cardiff Bus Station, better to get there first thing in the morning but it was a great place to take photos, so much variety and even in the Nineties. Many of the old operators I remember from the Sixties still called but most had changed both names and livery like this two-tone blue and white Islwyn East-Lancs bodied Tiger which in the old days would have been maroon like much of the other buses found here and run by West Mon which was more memorable to everyone except the 'locals'.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mercian B607 OEH leaves for Nuneaton

Being winter an understandably grubby Midland Red North Duple bodied Leyland Tiger leaves the Birmingham Bull Rig Bus Station for Nuneaton. In the past Vehicle licensing  would have not issued B607 OEH as the letter 'O' could be mistaken for a zero, but now able to sell more desirable marques off to the public walk down any busy road and you will see what people have invented for themselves and some of these corrupted registrations can be quite amusing even though one wonders what the correct number is. But one has one government arm selling numbers off knowing they are going to be messed with and The Police and VOSA still able to prosecute for the offence.