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

Friday, 25 May 2007

Sion in 1964

Although there were even things like modern articulated buses and trolleybuses in cities like Bern and Geneva once one ventured into the wilder cantons and mountains they quickly discovered that the traditional bonneted Swiss buses by FBW, Saurer and it's subsidiary Berna dominated the scene. However The PTT itself didn't buy any bonneted buses after 1954 concentrating mostly on right-hand-drive underfloor-engined Alpenwagens with the entrance behind the front axle. But real change started to happen in 1962 heralded by five of these much more conventional FBW front-entrance buses like this one bodied by Tuscher chosen to work the route which follows the railway along the Rhone Valley to Arbon. The conservative Swiss postal contractors however were still buying traditional bonneted buses as late as 1970. Until this time State owned Post Buses had carried silver roofs which looked most effective against the yellow black and red detail, but a more up to date but less effective cream top started to appear on these new generation buses which was a pity

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