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, 24 September 2010

Mercedes-Benz: It's Classic Coaches

Rather in the same way that Plaxton in the Sixties came up with a winner in the early Sixties with it's modern looking Panorama range which despite many face lifts and name changes lived on till the Eighties, Mercedes-Benz coaches and Setra too followed the same 'if it's not broken' philosophy to it's designs. It is easier in hindsight to judge as somewhere along the line and one of these had to be the best most time enduring version. Of course livery helped and this fine 0302 in Berlin with it's natural flowing lines and 'fishy mouthed front' of Koddenberg looks very pleasing. By 1982 it was getting old too as a new version the 0303 came along in the mid-Seventies. I feel they spoilt this crisp design by squaring it up and trying to make it more eye catching with plastic and metallic trim.  Also this beauty also reminds us of those many bonneted lorries the great German made too selling all over the world.

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