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, 5 May 2017

Havelbus Ikarus

So typical of the Eastern Block counties was the ubiquitous Hungarian built Ikarus bendi-bus. Very unsophisticated for both the operator and passenger they were got rid of as soon as the Iron Curtain countries opened up following Devolution in Germany. However once painted out of that orange colour into a more personable livery they seemed to become much less like a work horse and icon of a repressive Communist regime and now almost seemed quite friendly. I just wished I had ridden on a few more as they had a distinctive sound like this one with Havelbus based in the Brandenburg city of Potsdam just outsie Berlin..


Anonymous said...

I think they lasted a bit longer in Hungary. You still see working examples there on occasion.

christopher said...

Are yes but Hungary is in the old Eastern Block not part of prosperous Germany.