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

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Berlin Lion Double-Decker

I seem to dwell rather more on the past than the present which seems a bit silly really as I take some fine digital photographs and this good one has sat in the files for over one year already. I'm not so bus-mad any more so the poor old bus usually is more of an excuse to do some photography rather than an end in itself. But I'm sure you'll agree there are occasions when I get the balance between the composition, vehicles and human interest just right. Linking the Zoo Bahnhof in the old West Berlin, The Reichstag, Unter-den-Linden and Alexander Platz the tourist favourite 100 Bus Route naturally plays host to the newest double-deck buses which always seem to be full. Still if you are like me you might prefer to stand around a bit longer as an older bus might well come along as they do. So far there are 200 of these new air-conditioned MAN buses which BVG call the Lion with another 200 to follow. Fleet numbers start at 3099 and sadly they will eventually see off all the other double-deck buses but at least there will still be top-deck rides for some years to come on the city's busiest routes.

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