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, 4 April 2008

Herlitschka: "Son stay close"

Humorously the two Setra coaches resting at a Services on the Autobahn in 1982 remind me somewhat of a mother protecting it's still vulnerable young baby elephant. I'm quite partial to Setra's because like BMW and Mercedes cars no matter their age there is always a strong family resemblance between the various generations of design. The big coach has that ultimate classic sleek look the manufacturer ultimately achieved whereas the smaller coach reflects the less rounded look that dates right back to the Seventies or maybe even the Sixties. It's a pity today in Europe too many coaches carry basically a monotonous dealer white whereas in the past part of the joys one could take from being an enthusiast was recording the various smart liveries like this one of Herlitschika. Who said opposite colours should never meet, subtly done it's very striking indeed.

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