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

Sunday, 23 January 2011

PTT; Back End of a Bus

Unless you are one being told you look like the back end of a bus is hardly a compliment. Of course that expression goes back to the days of pre-war double-deck back-loaders with their square windows and slab sides. Since then a lot more thought has gone in to bus design especially the coach. Here enjoying winter sunshine was a quartet of vehicles showing some of the variety that could be found at Bellinzona in the Nineties. The PTT's own bus fleet only contained six Mercedes 0403 buses bought in 1979 and 1981 to work the town service. Next to it is P26003 a Setra S215HM by this time largely replaced by new coaches and others like the recent high-floor Neoplan next to it on the long route to Chur across the mountains. Last but not least was a by now much rarer Saurer RH, this example one of five also acquired for the important Chur service in 1983 P25350-4. 

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