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, 2 January 2009
PTT: A Consuming Passion
Sometimes I think I'm the only one who was passionate about the great days of the PTT and their wonderful Swiss post buses. Considering the interest of the subject I'm surprised more of you aren't still interested in the good old days. However it's surprising how much material one acquires over the years books, fleet allocation lists, travel information and models. With that in mind I assembled my collection just to show how it accumulates over the years. The C40U FBW Alpenwagen of which we can see a rear view looking downwards was P21501 which was used on some mountain roads into Italy to make some suitability trials when they were new in 1955. Later in 1963 it was renumbered P24001, and by this time allocated to Chesieres-Villars where I was at Aiglon College and it was my interest and enjoyment of riding on this fine bus that sparked my lifelong interest in Swiss Post Buses. Fortunately as with several others this vehicle has been preserved as a 'wedding bus'.