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, 1 August 2008

Bern a Bus History: Eighties Seventies Sixties

As well as catching four Bern buses in a row sitting in the winter sunshine, age wise they are standing exactly in ascending order going from left to right. No.182 the Ramseier & Jenzer bodied Volvo dates from the Eighties whilst the orange painted Hess bodied FBW No.50 dates from 1975 and the recently repainted FBW artic from about 1967-8 and finally No.170 of 1965. This was numerically the final bus of this large series of about 60 similar FBW buses that first entered service at the end of the Fifties. A late survivor together with others going into the Nineties was No.113 which dated from 1959. Naturally the oldest type was my favourite here and although one or two were still in all day service on my first holiday visit early in January 1990 on subsequent I usually had to catch them in the two daily rush-hours to get tape-recordings for my collection.

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