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, 8 October 2007

Return to Bern: My Childhood was Frozen in Aspic

One of the things I most liked about Switzerland when I returned in 1989 was how little had changed since my schooldays there between 1963-65 and particularly the transport scene in Bern the Capital. Indeed loud FBW buses dating back to 1959 were still pounding along the streets and of course many of the trams and trailers were very much older. This FBW articulated bus dates from 1967 but in this view looks somewhat older. I picked my time to return to Switzerland well for not only have all the Saurer and FBW buses and trolleybuses pretty well gone everything in now in new brighter colours. Maybe the younger people like it but I'm sorry I don't think I could face Bern again now that the city trams, trolleys and motor-buses are painted a kind of harsh fluorescent red.

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