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

Sunday, 4 January 2009

I keep thinking I'm in Switzerland

A light aircraft crashed near my home at Colwich sadly killing the three occupants. But this has meant a busy weekend for me as one of my jobs is doing rail replacement work mainly sorting out the stragglers with my minibus. It hasn't been too boring as I've been able to nip home for the odd cup of tea but it's been bitterly cold hanging around stations, that dry deep penetrating cold I remember from my hours getting on and off trains in Switzerland. One place I really miss is Davos with it's crisp snow and for me often allusive Post Buses. The Garage here had a few of these quite attractive NAW BH 4-23 buses. Even though they were basically a Mercedes badged as Swiss and marked the end of true Swiss bus manufacturing they hold a certain affection with enthusiasts as they looked the part alongside the other more blatant Euro-Boxes. I managed to see all of then except one P24434 from Uznach Garage which was sold off early to a PAH in Ilianz without me knowing where it had gone.

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