BUSWORLD PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Monday, 22 January 2018

First Potteries Omnicity

Very typical of the First Potteries fleet are these Scanias whose wheel trims rattle noisily as they go past but the Omnicity bodies are quite eye catching. First hasn't tried to shake off it's 'Barbi' image but at least this application seen in Hanley is quite cheerful compared to all that grey they used to use.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Sauer Post Bus at Chur for Laax

Because of winter sports I expect many of you will be more familiar with Swiss place names like the ski village of Laax than the decent sized valley town of Chur where the bus goes from. I'm afraid it is a few years since Saurer RH's ventured up there and I imagine snow-boarding was still in it's infancy when this was taken in 1990. Most of the PTT examples of this bus bore their own body-style but twenty like P25649 built by R&J in 1982 had a style more akin to those supplied to it's contractors. However it was easy to tell them apart as on those the lower front panel was left black.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Potteries Buses on Merseyside

Like a number of former NBC companies PMT tried to spread it's wings and expand following deregulation. It bought into nearby Crosville buying it's operations in Cheshire and on Merseyside. Because their livery was so distinctive and 'local' it's buses which found their way into the West Midlands too looked rather strange and out of place to my mind like this former Crosville VR in Liverpool WDM 348R.

Monday, 15 January 2018

A Rare ECW bodied Leopard with Greater Manchester AJA 361L

In this view of a rare type of ECW body to be found on a Leyland Leopard the people of Glossop don't look particularly inspired just glum. Greater Manchester PTE had a few of these service-coaches for  private hire, airport work and more normal duties like this run to Simmondley. North Western Road Car had small garage here which I expect was it's allocation albeit a sub-depot of Thameside.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Roe Dalesman 242 CRF of Greatrex of Stafford

I spent some of the New Year picking the best and more importantly scanning the most interesting of these old beginners photography  Ilford Sporti photos. With square negatives it was not easy to get much closer than this to take this two coach view of the Roe Dalesman bodied AEC Reliance of Greatrex of Stafford 242 CRF. However boring as they might have been in their day the frontal treatment of the Duple Yeoman body on a Thames has made them a bit of a favorite of mine and much nicer than the much more plain contemporary Bedford. 168 HBF looked quite new so I imagine this was taken in about 1963. After the heavyweight era ended this firm turned to the Commer but I haven't changed my mind boring old Fords were favorites for much of the Sixties and Seventies.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Reading Transport Leyland Titan RMO 78Y

Most PTE's at least tried the Leyland Titan but  London Buses was it's only real buyer apart from Reading Transport. It's much more widespread less sophisticated sister from Leyland the Olympian was not only a lot cheaper operators could choose their regular bodybuilder and special requirements too whereas the Titan was a complete package rather like the National and built with London in mind.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Now North Western, Ribble Atlantean RTF 637M

I'm not sure if I lived the livery chosen for the North Western used again this time for the former Ribble buses in the Merseyside and South Lancs area. Probably the neat type-face saved it and these Park Royal bodied Atlanteans seen in Liverpool looked rather attractive and probably not much worse than the former NBC poppy-red.