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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Do you know any special vehicles used for public transportation, i.e. something you don't see in every 3rd city? Something that's spectacular or very unusual?

I'm a bit infected by the public transport virus at the moment  Big grin

Here we go:

Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

Like a train, just that it has the wheels on its roof!




Schwedefähre in Rendsburg



It's a car and person ferry used to cross to North-Baltic sea channel. It's mounted on big steel cables and uses the gigantic railroad bridge as suspension.



Electric Bus in Solingen


This is a usual bus, however it doesn't use Diesel but rather gets its power from electric wires over the street like a train.



"over the steet" elevator


This is an elevator that doesn't only move vertically, but also horizontally. You enter it on one side of the road, and leave it on the other side.

So, what do you know?

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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3102 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.

EmiratesA345  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

seen the electric bus in Sao Paulo.....although I very much doubt that young kids in Germany climb onto the back bumper and urinate on traffic behind.....

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3097 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.


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3091 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!

STIB/MIVB run antique trams at weekends:
http://www.stib.irisnet.be/FR/52000F.htm
(The route goes past my house  Smile)

Who could forget the London Underground?
http://tube.tfl.gov.uk/
http://www.trainweb.org/tubeprune/index.htm


[Edited 2003-08-07 01:35:18]


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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

The only thing that is sort of different in my city, is that the buses are powered by natural gas.

EmiratesA345  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

P.S. Sorry I forgot to add that to my first post.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Well we do have the Alaska Marine Highway system up here.

It is a system of ferries to transport cars and people between various towns and villages.

http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.html


One of the vessels is being surplused this year....The M/V Bartlett.







It is up for auction on E-Bay. item #2426210166


http://www.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=26432&item=2426210166

[Edited 2003-08-07 01:59:07]


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Russia, Ukraine and I bet a lot of the CIS use Trams...and Trolleybuses.
-UN
Troleibusy are the buses with power cords...
and there is a Funicular in Kyiv to go up a hill.



What now?
User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5294 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Plenty of Trolleybuses in many cities here in Switzerland too.

That elevator above does look rather cool.

Jeremiah

[Edited 2003-08-07 03:47:44]


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User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

San Francisco has those electic busses all over the place.

In Pittsburgh PA, Niagra Falls Canda, and Jamestown PA, they have these weird incline plane things, but I can't find a picture.



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User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3052 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


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User currently onlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16866 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3015 times:

San Francisco has the Cable car..








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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3009 times:
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Does riding one's girlfriend count?

just kidding.

I think the Segway is unusual and pointless.

[Edited 2003-08-07 05:13:19]


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3000 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.


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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5520 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

I am so thankful that the SFO cablecars are still around, and will be for (ine presumes) time immemorial.

Dallas is fortunate to have the MATA- McKinney Avenue Transit Authority- operational and increasingly-useful trolleycars; much trackage was there all along, just had to be "dug up."










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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

When I was studying at Dortmund university, I used this little beauty to get from and to my faculty:

http://www.h-bahn.info/de/galerie.php

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. Big grin



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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2980 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.

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2906 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.

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2884 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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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

the cable cars in SFO are cool. i also love all the new engineering ideas that come out. SFO also has the electric busses to date. i also remember seeing them in Poland.


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

http://parovoz.com/gallery/kiev-fun2000.jpg

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)
The view.......Priceless.
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)



What now?
User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2810 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...


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