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, 19 February 2008
St. Moritz: PTT Garage
Here in the snow parked at the rear of the Post Auto Garage in St.Moritz in the early Nineties were five buses and no less than four of them were rarities in the main Swiss PTT Regie fleet. Nearest the camera was P24338 a short Setra 211 HM one of a pair allocated here whilst the third was at Sion. Partially hidden behind one of the operator's one-hundred-plus Setra 215 UL's were three very interesting buses being part of a batch of five FBW U-EU3A's P24800-4 that spent their entire working lives here, delivered in 1975-6. There was a final larger batch of FBW's delivered in 1977-8 but those arrived fitted with underpowered Mercedes engines, so as Saint Moritz was one of the traditional homes of the so-called shark's mouth Haifisch fronted Alpenwagens during my Swiss Schooldays in the Sixties maybe Switzerland's premier ski resort was a good home for these the last proper FBW powered buses.