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, 21 November 2017

RN 4887: Market Day in Caldas Portugal

1984 was still a good time to visit Portugal as there were still plenty of British buses albeit with a local flavour to be enjoyed. RN was their equivalent of our NBC and it's orange and white buses really stood out. Somehow Manchester's similar initial PTE SELNEC livery never looked quite so good maybe it was just the lack of sunshine and light soft stonework to set it off. Nearly all the fleet seemed to have UTIC bodywork on Leyland or more commonly AEC chassis.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Surrey Motors PPF 492

As I took a more unusual rear view of a rather fine Surrey Motors AEC Regal at Alton I seemed to catch everyone's attention. Next time perhaps I will remember to put some clothes on.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Outer London: Routemaster RM 132 at Cheshunt on the 279

Believe it or not I simply felt I really needed this photo of  a Routemaster as I thought their days were numbered. Taken in 1980 I shouldn't have worried should I as they would soldier on in number for quite a few more years, indeed the extra stint would equate to the lifetime of most more ordinary buses. However some especially the RML's might have served the capital for fifty-years but  it was still not such a bad thing that I got this shot as their range in the forthcoming 'opo' double-deck era would  relegate these crewed buses to basically a more Central London range. Yes they still would come a good way out but not as far as Cheshunt which was near outer the boundry of the London Transport  'red' area. Although carrying a newer body RM 132 was an early example bought for trolleybus replacement and worked at least from  Poplar Garage before coming to Edmonton which did the lengthy 279 seen here taking it to Smithfield Market.

Mayne former Alder Valley Dennis Falcon in Manchester

People who regularly visited Victoria when they were in London might well have seen this unusual Wadham Stringer bodied Dennis Falcon on the Green Line stands when with Alder Valley. It was one of several non-standard vehicles the NBC tried and it was later sold to Mayne in whose livery it looked much more at home.

Monday, 13 November 2017

BVG Zehlendorf Garage

One of a tiny batch of about five buses and only to be found working on suburban routes around the district of Zehlendorf  was this short MAN. It was caught leaving the large local two-hundred bus garage which was ringed with flats for the staff so apart from this view it was hard to look inside. Built in 1937 it was badly bombed in the war but this entrance arch and the concrete plaque survived the destruction.  Made famous for his role in Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs who played Manuel came from here before his family fled Germany because they were Jewish.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Neuchatel Saurer Trolleybus 132

I think even celebrated genre photographer Robert Jowitt would like this 1989 shot of mine from Switzerland, after all it has that rather dated European feel to it with a suitably old Saurer trolleybus from the early Fifties and a rather sophisticated looking lady admiring the books or maybe having stopped smoking trying not to buy any of those tempting but  oh such nasty fags.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Baby Arriva Enviro in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton is hardly swamped with Arriva buses since the Wednesfield garage closed but as well as Cannock they still come in from Telford home to this small Enviro No 2148.