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Immortal Wombat
25-03-2008, 13:19:55
It's almost like the BBC have been reading CG. I hope they continue to provide all the delicious metadata about the bus pictures they use.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44512000/gif/_44512805_bendy_bus416x240.gif
Length: Bendy bus 18 metres, double-decker 10 metres
Capacity (inc standing): Bendy bus 149, double-decker 90
Proportion of London fleet: Bendy bus 5% (399 vehicles) Double-decker 63% (5,104 vehicles)

Source: TfL. The double-decker in the graphic is a Dennis Enviro 400 [link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7306526.stm)]

Funko
25-03-2008, 13:22:27
Excellent info.

Funko
25-03-2008, 13:22:58
Instead of using a person to show the scale they should have used a dinosaur.

Debaser
25-03-2008, 13:29:00
But they should still have used a person to show the scale of the dinosaur (or a red phone box).

Funko
25-03-2008, 13:34:06
They've got the bus to show the scale of the dinosaur.

RedFred
25-03-2008, 13:37:03
My city uses the double long bendy buses for express routes. They are good but a bit wierd if you get a seat in the middle accordian like section.

MDA
25-03-2008, 13:42:22
I imagine they're a bit unsafe if you get broadsided in the bendy section.

Funko
25-03-2008, 13:43:26
Whereas getting broadsided by a normal bus is fine.

MOBIUS
25-03-2008, 13:48:38
Less unfine at any rate...

*End Is Forever*
25-03-2008, 13:58:17
Originally posted by RedFred
My city uses the double long bendy buses for express routes. They are good but a bit wierd if you get a seat in the middle accordian like section.

They are fine for long, straight routes, but hopeless on windy routes and in city centres.

First Bus introduced a bendy bus on the Number 4 route in York, possibly the most unsuitable route for an articulated bus known to man.

Funko
25-03-2008, 14:03:03
They do seem a stupid choice for London

mr_B
25-03-2008, 15:24:16
excellent pic, new bus measured in standard IM.

MOBIUS
25-03-2008, 15:55:48
We have them in Cardiff, but for the life of me I can't think why...

One route, which thankfully is nice and straight, doesn't pass under any low clearance bridges at all - which is the only practical reason for having them IMO.

The other one does, however the route is never that busy to require them. As well as the fact that that route does have a number of sharp turns, including one at a particularly busy pedestrian crossing.

I think they got them for the gimmick value to be honest and would far rather double deckers where possible over 'bendies'...

*End Is Forever*
25-03-2008, 17:40:50
They only have a capacity of 149 because they are basically a football terrace on wheels.

Vincent
25-03-2008, 18:48:55
With an average of 50.000 commuters per day the HVV bus line Metrobus 5 the busiest line in Europe. (...) In the city centre, stops are served without a specific schedule every two to three minutes and since December 2005, the world's longest, double-articulated buses are used.

We got some nice Van Hool AGG 300s running
http://www.stadtbus2.de/magazin/hochbahn/HOCHBAHN8704.jpg

Dunno what it is in dinosaurs

Noisy
26-03-2008, 00:49:31
Bugger - looks like my sig is screwed.

(Still reading the book, by the way.)

Greg W
26-03-2008, 01:29:22
Now when will someone develop the double decker bendy bus? :gotit:

Lurker the Second
26-03-2008, 01:56:28
Have they clarified the data they are using to define the average person's height? In fact, have they even clarified exactly what that person is? Average Brit? Average Dutchman? Average Eskimo? Hell, it could be a random dutchman, and we all know what that means.

Provost Harrison
26-03-2008, 12:13:51
I'm waiting for the bendy Jumbo Jet myself...

MDA
26-03-2008, 13:10:05
gah, DALEK!

Drekkus
27-03-2008, 09:34:13
The Randy Bendy Bus!!

Immortal Wombat
27-03-2008, 14:55:00
Hah, now this is a bus:

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/qf/c/ModernMechanix/6-1930/med_giant_bus.jpg

Funko
27-03-2008, 15:00:12
That's awesome. :lol: