Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bristol Bus

One upon a time in Orlando there was a successful downtown attraction called Church Street Station. It's heydays were in the 1970's and 80's. Church Street suffered an economic collapse in the 1990s, with most of the attraction going through several owners until today it's little more than a shadow of its former self.

Part of the attractions of Church Street were the double-decker buses. I don't recall how many there were, but recently, for whatever reason, I've re-discovered the location for at least two of them. One of them, a Leyland, I photographed behind Waterford Lakes (408E and Alafaya). This second one, a Bristol, I discovered on the other side of town next on South Orange between Powell Cemetary and a Racetrack gas station. If both were operational when they were sold, then they're in pretty bad shape now. After sitting out in the Florida weather for years, their tires are flat and there's corrosion within and without. It would take a tremendous amount of time and money to get them back into reasonable shape, and that's a real shame.

Bristol Bus Upper Deck

Bristol Bus Hood

Bristol Bus Drivers Side

Bristol Bus Engine

Bristol Bus Fuel Cap

Bristol Bus Folding Doors Wide

Bristol Bus Right Side

Technical

Everything taken with the E-P2 and the M.Zuiko 9-18mm UWA.

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