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

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Which is your favourite style of Saurer RH?

In the good old days of the Swiss PTT one could tell which of the yellow Post Buses actually belonged to them as opposed to their far more numerous contractors vehicles as they carried a P-letter suffix. With the Saurer RH fleet however it was usually very easy to tell from a distance as almost all the true Post Buses carried a totally different more rounded in-house style of bodywork to this. But as you can see the smaller P-reg fleet did make things more interesting as it also took some of these fairly square looking buses too which they numbered P25647-66. Even with these twenty non-standard buses it was still quite easy to tell them apart from the Canton Registrations because unlike their contractors version where there was a black lower front panel where it says Saurer, PTT buses like P25650 seen here in the early Nineties at Chur loading for Flims had all-yellow fronts right down to the bumper. I'm sure opinions are divided on which body style was the most attractive but I'm pretty sure that the true PTT version wins hands down as it looked crisp and well designed from all angles unlike these rather more square and ungainly buses including some with very boxy rear ends: Besides even though these were still quite nice and so very Swiss the main fleet of RH's was a true classic which will be missed for years to come.

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