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, 9 April 2009

Those Bern FBW's

Once typical of the Swiss Capital's bus fleet, by the Nineties the at the start of the decade large numbers of survivors from this large batch of about sixty FBW's dating from between 1959-65 were usually only to be seen working in the morning and evening rush-hours. However when I first arrived in the city after a long absence since my schools days when I was here in 1964 I was so pleased to see that one was out working on a Saturday Afternoon to welcome me I immediately took a ride on No.140 to make a tape-recording as if to celebrate. That was 6th January 1990 and little over ten years on in the Spring of 2000 all the FBW motorbuses would be finished including the artics. Like the others No.132 still looked fine but albeit dated when caught in bright winter sunshine on it's way to Langgasse, which I imagine means long road in German.

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