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, 19 May 2007

More from Sion

At times the bus station beside the Railway Station in Sion can be pretty empty but the busiest time is at mid-day when Post Buses gather before leaving to trundle their way along the vine festooned slopes of the Rhone Valley or to wind their way up to mountain villages above the winter snow-line.
Of course there are some buses one rarely sees on the road including this Saurer articulated bus from 1973 which had been retained as a spare to do schools services I expect. I didn't even know the twenty-year old veteran was at Sion till I saw it on the garage 'allocation board'. To see it is one thing, to be able to take a photograph is even better.The Post Garage is in the middle of a large compound used by what was the telecom arm of PTT which before privatisation subsidised the loss making buses and the bendibus was stored in one of their own vehicle sheds where a once familiar FBW lorry can also be seen.

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