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, 27 June 2008

Mercedes 0303 at Berlin Zoo

I've always taken pictures of coaches knowing they will become more interesting with age but as far as the Germans are concerned they don't seem to get excited about them despite their vintage. Of course long before the Leyland National appeared on the bus scene Mercedes was building almost identical coaches on their sophisticated production-line at it's Mannheim Plant which I was lucky enough to visit with my school in 1964 and this standardised product might explain why they are a bit dull. In the Eighties a fairly new looking but not so pretty 0303 of Berbig of Hamburg was visiting Berlin and if nothing else illustrates how livery and graphics have changed since then.

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