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, 24 April 2018

Burton's of Brixham Bedford RBD 109M

Burton's of Brixham ran this quite attractive former United Counties Bedford with a Willowbrook body dating from 1974 which was seen in Torquay. The NBC had it's own standard small bus the Bristol LH but normally small batches of lightweight buses were added as well to it's fleets which added a bit of variety and if unusual even local character.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Stagecoach Bristol VR Open-Top in Exeter UWU 608S

Devon General at Torquay have a long tradition of operating open-top double-deckers in the summer and that extended to Stagecoach ownership where we see an ECW bodied Bristol VR wearing those once familiar stripes nobody seemed to care for. I'm tempted to say I think I prefer them to Arriva's new insipid light blue and First's current scheme which reminds me of those Eden Vale yogurts when stirred up like the black-cherry. But no I didn't like this livery at the time and even the old Arriva turquoise buses stir a bit of enthusiasm now that worse is to come.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

SMB 601V Bostock of Congleton

At the time this was taken Bostock of Congleton ran a fleet of forty-five Bedford and Leyland coaches including this Duple Dominant bodied Leopard. Nearly every number was used, this was No.6 but there was no No.13.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Plymouth VJY 144V: Bus With an Ego

An ego as big as a bus even I'm not that bad lol. But I can imagine furnishing seller Larry Speare not being happy with the look of his image on the bus and then tells the sign writer to start again. I'm not keen on all-over advertising such as on this Plymouth East-Lancs bodied Leyland Atlantean at Bretonside but what I hate the most is as a passenger when the design partly obscures the window I want to see through and there would be added irony if it said "See Britain by Bus". One thing is for sure I expect Larry has not only changed a bit since since the early Eighties but his fashion tastes have moved on. I wonder if he wore platform-heels if not the registration number at the front would be almost in line with his moustache.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Arrive Wight Streetlite in Stafford

I call myself a bus enthusiast but I don't know a lot of run of the mill stuff these days and I had to look up the name of these Wright bodies. It's a good job I did for if someone had said it I might have thought it was a Wright Streetlight. Spelling it correctly a  Streetlite still quite a rare sight in Stafford but sometimes when perhaps they're short of buses one comes in from Telford. This was taken with my new little Sony pocket camera and in perfect conditions it is impossible to tell it apart from a more upmarket SLR. I'm getting to like it a lot.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Clydeside Leopard TSJ 39S in Glasgow

I think most of the other Scottish Bus Group fleets were more interesting quirky and probably more attractive too but I still think Western Scottish was my favorite as in both livery and area diversity and size it was a bit like their Ribble over the border. So I thought it was a pity when it's sprawling empire was split up and here in a busy Glasgow one of it's many Leyland Leopard Alexander Y-types operates under Clydside ownership on a service to Kilbirnie. A Scottish destination one could not imagine on a Ribble bus excepting of course after Deregulation as anything was possible then .

Monday, 16 April 2018

Der Blaufelder Reisen Bussing Coach

I obviously created some interest when I stopped to take a photo of this Bussing coach from Western Germany visiting Berlin and it looked very smart in the type of  attractive script signwriting they used back in 1982. This guy was a salesman and he tried to chat me up as I might buy some life insurance. I don't think so somehow it's a nightmare in English just imagine trying to understand all that small print that goes with it in German.