EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3774 times:
What a beautiful place Germany is! I'd like to visit it someday. All their inventions are incredible. There are some flaws to the bus idea, as it can only go for long periods of time where the wires are overhead. I love the vertical/horizontal elevator! Very interesting. I guess at busy crossings this would be a smart idea.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3769 times:
We have electric busses here in Vilnius also ("troleibusas" in Lithuanian), they aren't that unusual (I am quite sure they are also somewhere in Czech Republic (Škoda manufactores them) and some other Eastern European cities). In Vilnius their network is very developed and includes many routes. Quite a good kind of transport, it's more advance than trams because they has more freedom of movement. For instance, if one of them breaks down on the road, it is removed from cables and others may go around it. Actually, this type of transportation appeared sometime in XIX century for the first time, just 1 year after the first appearance of trams. Not sure why it didn't became popular back then, but I could guess this might been because of bad road quality then (there were no rubber tyres and good amortisation, thus it probably would been hard to raise/lower electric wires according to different road elevation). Most cities then built trams and thus they were not interested in this kind of transportation. I am not sure how and why they were built in Vilnius, but there are no trams in Vilnius, so probably this was a reason (although now there are plans to built several modern tram lines).
As for not-ordinary transportation, there is MagLev line in Shanghai, also I believe monorail in Sydeny. There is also "elevated railway" in Chicago.
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3763 times:
We have electric busses here in Vilnius also ("troleibusas" in Lithuanian), they aren't that unusual (I am quite sure they are also somewhere in Czech Republic (Škoda manufactores them) and some other Eastern European cities).
Yes, they're pretty common in eastern-european cities!
Soku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3724 times:
no wait I found one. The Monongahela incline plane was one of about 17 that were originaly built in Pittsburgh. I think there is like 3 left or something. That pic is the same sort of thing thats at niagra falls, and jamestown. This page has info about it in, its original form. http://www.railroadextra.com/stpitinc.Html
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3672 times:
Hong Kong has a series of very long escalators that are used as a means of transportation up a steep hill. On a somewhat similar note, there's the currently closed Angel's Flight funicular in Los Angeles.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
After that, I worked at Frankfurt airport for a while. Since my office was in Terminal 2 and I was arriving by regional train from Frankfurt city, I had to use the "Sky Line", another automated peoplemover (sorry, found no good pictures online) to get to my workplace
...now I am working in Dortmund again. And guess what? The H-Bahn is being extended to the Technologiepark, where my company resides. So I will again be able to use this peoplemover to get from and to work.
Seems like I have an affinity for unusal means of public transportation on my work commute.
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Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3652 times:
As for funiculars, there are 2 of them in second largest city of Lithuania Kaunas. Both are quite old, built in pre-Soviet times when Kaunas was still the capital city, and they are considered "technical monuments". Both are built on different hills, but currently only one is operational, although there are plans to repair other one also.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
I think it's great that some of the old vehicles stay in service, like the cable cars in SF or the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal (it's over 100 years old). They are symbols for the cities and they show what wonderful pieces of technology humans were able to make so long ago.
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3556 times:
Middlesborough has a bridge like the Schwedefähre in Rendsburg. It is called the transporter bridge and featured in the film Billy Elliot and in the third series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
You can travel to the Isle of Wight off England's South coast by hovercraft http://www.hovertravel.co.uk and then when you get there the trains are ex London Underground tube trains http://www.island-line.co.uk
It is a pity that the cross channel hovercrafts no longer do the Dover to Calais route.
Oh and the Isle of Man (situated in the Irish sea) has some very strange public tansport. It has a narrow guage steam railway (public owned), two electric tramways that use cars built in the early 1900s and horse drawn trams run along the promenade in Douglas the main town.It is a strange place. http://www.isle-of-man.com/heritage/transport/
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UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
Here's a picture of it, it takes you from Podil to Mihalivski Sobor in Downtown Kyiv.... You get a beautiful view of the Dnipro River...
Price to get on it 75 Kopeks (i'm not sure)... ($0.15 or so)
I remember we got stuck on it once, the door jammed, and we saw the beautiful view (my aunt and I walked all around Kyiv, Ukraine) and these guys were saying"Hey! Stop eating! We might need that for a while"
That time, It hink i had a surplus of Soggy McDonald's French Fries.. (hey! They can't be perfect everytime)
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3482 times:
In Arusha, Tanzania and I am sure elsewhere they basically take a 12 seater van and stuff 40 people inside. Called a Dala-Dala, it's unusual when you are used to seeing nice busses and I think they are privately run...