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

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Delemont:A Traditional POST BUS Garage

Delemont Garage was very typical of the older Swiss Post Bus depots and like many others it only had a small allocation of about eight and by the time I took this the building had passed to the local PTT contractor whilst Delemont got a new modern open plan garage with railings and security cameras etc not too far away. Of course few would bother to photograph a structure like this but I'm glad I went there as it was the thought of seeing the Post Buses that made names and dots on the map alluring to me as a PTT bus-mad schoolboy. And so typical was it too I remember at other locations wishing I could see the bus numbers through that frosted glass when a garage was shut up. Thankfully some garages painted the bus number on the wall so the drivers knew which bay was home. Although to PTT standard spec it did not really take to the Magrius 160R81 and most of the main thirteen batch could be found at the nearby at the Cret -du-Locale-Garage also in the Jura near the French border. But Delemont did have one in 1990 P22204 as part of it's mixed fleet. State run the PTT more or less 'reluctantly' ran buses and would rather find a contractor to do the work I felt, but most of it's operations lasted many years but it did not lead much to expansion, indeed quite the opposite. But alas in those days did anything change quickly in Switzerland, something that I loved about the place.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

DAK 222V: Yorkshire Traction 'Fastlink' bound for Huddersfield on the X21

With all the local branding at times it was often hard to guess which NBC company a bus belonged to, and it's only my familiary with numbers which stops me mistaking this Duple Dominant bodied Leyland Leopard in Leeds as a Yorkshire/West Riding coach. West Yorkshire PTE tended to follow the old Leeds Corporation liking for the Atlantean and of course the Fleetline but later deliveries included MCW Metrobus Mark 2's.

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.