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, 31 July 2007

Old Zurich Trams: Childhood Memories for a Grown-Up

I have to confess I'm not an expert when it comes to trams but I do quite like them especially the older machines, and of the one's I've known this series of vehicles built in about 1949 for VBZ of Zurich really caught my imagination. As they went along you could really hear the inviting singing sound of the electric motor and there was also the rumble and drumming of the metal tyres which also squealed as if in pain on the bends. Lastly not to be forgotten was the comical distortion on the driver's megaphone which made it sound like it was a Dalek telling you we had arrived at 'Central' and 'Bellevue'.

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