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, 25 July 2017

Arriva YJ61 FEG 3757 at Lichfield on the 825

Well not too many more trips to the hospital for me for the timebeing once I get the all clear. But I will still catch the 74 and 825 as I live close to the hospital. I like sounds so I prefer these Arriva VDL's to the numerous Volvos Cannock runs on this service, but I must admit I like to perch on the naughty seat right at the front of the Volvos and sometimes chat with the driver. 3757 a regular in Stafford was at the far end of the 825 which for the time-conscious bus passenger seems far away but in fact is only about fifteen-miles.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

E289 HRV: Happy Punters on A Rail Replacement Service?

It looks like the passengers on former Southampton East-Lancs bodied Leyland Olympian had enjoyed their free ride at Alton. However was this real life I'm sure they would not have been so pleased having their long journey elongated and delayed by only too frequent Sunday railway closures. But as they say it's all in the mind.

Friday, 14 July 2017

WM Enviro Bus 4552 on Wellington Road, Bilston

Very much a familiar sight of a WM Enviro 400 buses but time passes and I'm sure we will miss them the same way we now miss stalwarts like the Fleetline and Metrobuses. One might wonder why but I suppose each generation of new vehicles usually loses a bit more appeal or we just become more cynical and nostalgic Thankfully I have my camera to play with and as long as a bus has an upper floor I'm quite content.

Volvo Town Bus in Wadenswil on Zurich's Lake

The small town of Wadenswil situated on the side of the Lake on a speedy train route into Zurich makes it ideal commuter country and being pleasant but unremarkable most tourists just whiz through here on a non-stop express towards Chur and more exotic parts beyond like Davos and St Moritz. It used to have a nice little bus fleet of FBW' town buses but like everywhere else in the 90's they were being replaced by more mundane proper European buses like this Volvo. I am a bit of a Swiss Post Bus nut, anyway I was in PTT days especially towards the end when I used to travelmore. As luck would have it there is a typically small small garage here too but it's a good bus ride away for it is high up in the hills but call them mountains if you wish at Hutten, but the fleet of about eight comprised mostly R&J bodied Mercedes 0405's.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

National UHG 749R at Kidderminster

The way Leyland Nationals were sold to other NBC companies and the next thing others came to replace them seems to me a bit like taking 'coals to Newcastle'. Still there must have been logic to it and it gave th local spotters something to talk about. This one once with Ribble looked quite smart with the luxury of a white band and even Kidderminster perhaps Midland Red most dreary looking garage looked a bit more inviting than usual for some reason perhaps it's the glimpse of a Leopard.

Happy Days Mercedes Mini to Gnosall

One doesn't really think of Happy Days of Woodseaves as a minibus operator but they did operate this Scottish registered Mercedes on service work and i'm sure it was useful. Obviously when purchased the red and white livery was deemed close enough to the norm to not need a repaint so it must have been a good buy. Of course like Staffordian Happy Days passed to Arriva till with little heart they tired of trying to do rural operations and Independent's once more do the quieter local country services.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Magrius Deutz Brioini of Pula

Not very exciting but a bit different nonetheless were the buses to be seen in the former Yugoslavian city of Pula which is much more famed for it Roman Historical remains than it's much more mundane German influenced bus scene Still where in Britain can we find a bus station overlooked by a Roman amphitheatre. I rather liked Magrius Deutz buses though they have that  quirky small manufacturer feel about them, a bit rough and ready but thoroughly reliable a bit like our own Foden's used to be.