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, 1 January 2008

Geneva: New Years Day 1989

Having not been back since I left school there in 1965 I was more than delighted to find that there was enough left of my magical little Switzerland of bus memories to make me want to see the rest so that I could fill in both the missing pieces and go to those places where I had once wanted to see those gleaming Haifisch Post Buses like St.Moritz. I was just in time for when I stopped my regular visits in 1998 that old Switzerland of unmistakable FBW and Saurer buses had all bus disappeared, and even what had been regarded as an almost sacred Swiss Institution like the Railway or the Swiss Army, the Post Office or PTT had become in the eyes of the taxpayer some fat inefficient bureaucratic sacred cow ready to be sold off. By the Seventies the smaller bus manufactures were finding it hard keeping up with technology and a number of European Concerns pooled their resources and even though the red bus No.201 with it's Saurer engine might have sounded like a DUK it still looked very much a Danish Leyland-DAB. Even after it bought out the ailing Saurer and FBW concerns Mercedes-Benz had to produce both buses and trolleybuses to Swiss Specifications under the banner of NAW and a typical examples is this R & J bodied trolleybus of 1987.

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