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

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.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Royal Blue RELH 837 SUO: Gentlemen Gather Rosebuds Whilst You May

Maybe instead it should be taking bus photos with a camera whilst you may. I'm not knocking anyone as I'm an enthusiast too, but what exactly is the appeal of taking super quality shots of preserved buess and coaches when you see the same ones time and time again, indeed it wouldn't be so bad if they were out on the road where they belong. Maybe it is a way to combine an interest in photography and buses together, yes and I guess that's what I do. But I do find rows and rows of highly polished buses parked up on grass with the proud owner hiding part of the front with it's award board a bit artificial to say the least and most annoying too as gormless people who forgot their glasses seem to deliberately get in the way and painstakingly read what it says on the board every last word!of it, meanwhile I mutter to myself saying it's only a revamped Routemaster for Christ's sake. For myself I perhaps take one or two portraits of vehicles that catch my eye but when I do it I like to include other things that are going on including people of course often a 'no no' to the die-hard purist 'bus twitcher' even if she's beautiful and showing it off. I guess the important thing is we all go there and enjoy ourselves for if we didn't and the owners didn't go to all the trouble of bringing their pride and joy there would be no event to go to. I suppose it's my fault I can't just enjoy it as a day out, the trouble is I am old enough to remember the Fifties and Sixties and sometimes it's a bit like someone like Alan Titchmarsh doing a cover-version of your favorite Hendrix song or the BBC trying to do a new version of Dad's Army without all the old faces we love.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A41 SMA: Crosville Chester Liverpool Road Garage

A good sample of the buses be found at the Chester Liverpool Road Garage of Crosville in the Eighties. As well as a Duple Laser bodied Leyland Tiger in Town Lynx livery being carefully reversed there is a bit of an earlier ECW Bristol RE version. There are two types of Leyland National, an Olympian and a flat-fronted secondhand former East Midland Bristol VR. A fororite of mine was the former MW coach converted into a recovery vehicle is just visible. Notable but missing from this view was a Seddon RU. The National Bus Company was not quite as dull as we might think from our memories and Crosville was one of the most interesting.