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

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Cicero Str: Wilmersdorf

There are now only seven BVG bus garages in Berlin including two large ones in the former East Berlin. Cicero Str with an allocation in 1988 of 167 double-deckers and 42 single-decker buses was built in 1958 and tucked away is situated not that far off the famous Kurfirstendam so not surprisingly it has always worked routes that pass along the fashionable thoroughfare including the long 129 which is an interesting ride as it crosses the city starting from the leafy expensive suburb of Roseneck travelling down the Ku'damm and passing once famous landmarks like Checkpoint-Charlie and the Anhalter Bahnhof before going into the poor area of Kreuzberg and terminating at Hermannplatz in Neukolin another old working class district. This typical Wagon Union MAN double-decker of 1980 was about to do a peak period extra 29E which unusually it seemed was going the whole way. It is easy to tell which photos were taken after Reunification as they were either renumbered or had one-hundred added making this the 129 of today. In the background in the extensive outdoor parking area as well as more of these buses can be seen a Mercedes single-decker and my all time favourite Berlin Bus, those lovely atmospheric Bussings that plodded along making a whole series of interesting sounds including like a high-gas kettle with a whistle coming to the boil.

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