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

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Lugano's: Sugerloaf Mountain

Lugano is sometimes known affectionately as Little Rio as like the quite different much more exciting and far less genteel monster of a city in Brazil it is overlooked by an immense giant boulder of a mountain. I haven't been for a few years but like the lake I expect it is still there but sadly the trolleybus system is not. Probably because of it's mild climate vehicles seem to enjoy long lives down in the mild south of Switzerland below the Alps. Pictured in 1990 Hess bodied FBW No.127 was new to the tiny system at Rheintal in 1978 as it's No.6.


Andy R said...

What a beautiful shot.

The loss of Lugano's trolleybus system was a real tragedy. Did you ever get to ride the twisty outer sections of the system where the trolleybuses climbed hills and rounded hairpin bends? It was also an amazing relic with many of the evry old buses remaining in service to the very end.

Even so, Lugano is still a transport paradise, although many of the gems are hidden and not so well known. Narrow gauge railways, funiculars (including one that's abandoned in stylish slumber but essentially complete) and of course the Palm Express Postauto to Sankt Moritz. Such a wonderful place to spend some days.


christopher said...

No, maybe I should have explored it a bit more but it's a fascinating area.