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

Monday, 26 September 2016

Merseybus National near Clock Face: Turning back the Years to 1989

I was never a big fan of the Leyland Nationall1 especially the boring very similar NBC ones which seemed to sum up the company. However those with other operators at least weren't so overbearing and could look quite pleasing in a more pleasant livery like when Mersey Bus tried to break away from all those shades of green reviving a historic scheme from tramway days. 6061 was seen not far from Clock Face just outside St.Helens on an autumn afternoon in maybe 1989.

Friday, 23 September 2016

West Yorkshire PTE Alexander Metrobus UWW 519X

One tends to think of the standard Metrobus built with an MCW body in the factory but it was also available as a chassis only and a number of operators had them fitted with attractive Alexander R type bodywork like this West Yorkshire PTE example seen in Leeds approaching the bus station. The Metrobus had it's merits but corrosion plagued them and I wonder if this variant was any better. As can be seen from my van in the background this was somewhere I liked to call into when I had done my delivery at Meanwood and had a lunch for pence at the YEB meter test station. It was always easy to park here in the Eighties and it was free too but I bet it isn't so easy today. Driving is not fun!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

M.A.N Brioni Pula 114

Not many bus stations can boast majestic Roman remains as a backdrop, usually it's J.D.Sports or a multi-storey car park but Pula in the Croatia certainly can. This Seventies MAN might have been new here but I suspect the earlier generation buses alongside came from some German city.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Rossendale F339 VSD

Most of the many Lancashire Municipals had been decimated over the years, either absorbed into the two PTE's or gobbled up by predators like Stagecoach but at least in arms-length form Rossendale not only survived it managed to spread it's wings into other towns as well as it's traditional base at Rawtenstall. Numerous used vehicles could be seen which added to the variety including this Duple bodied Volvo seen in Blackburn.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Northern Atlanteans in Oxford MPT 298P

During it's NBC years apart from three Stratford Blue Atlanteans that came via Midland Red, City of Oxford didn't buy any of the type indeed it was unusual believe it or not by not taking any Leyland Nationals. However more used Atlanteans arrived from Northern General but despite not being low height buses they did seem to merge into the landscape without being noticed too much alongside the similar ECW bodies on the many Bristol VR's at work here.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

CRU 103C: Bournemouth Sunshine Bus

Some events seem to be cursed by terrible weather most notably Showbus, but quite the opposite seems to apply when it comes to the POPS Running Day held each Autumn at the Gladstone Pottery Museum at Longton. With such glorious weather it seems rather apt that this coach-seated former Bournemouth Leyland Leopard should have more glass in the shape of over-head  quarter-lights a feature not common on this type of BET style body.

Cambus Royal Tiger Doyan at Coop Flamingo Stafford

So many of Britain's formerly most respected companies and institutions have fallen by the wayside over the last few years including  the shopper and savers friend the good of Coop. They had a small department store in Stafford which included a restaurant called The Flamingo and as can be seen from this visiting Cambus Leyland Royal Tiger Doyan they catered for coach parties as well.