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Old February 28 2014, 07:31 AM   #61
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Thanks! I loves her.
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Old February 28 2014, 03:33 PM   #62
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When I was a kid in Seattle we had electric buses that ran on cables like that, though they were definitely buses, not trams, and could go off the cables as well. I adored those buses as a child -- I'm not sure if they still have them though, it's been a long time since I lived there.

Ah, a quick google shows me they are called trolly buses and I think they're terrific.
These? They do still use em, these particular buses (made by Italian company Breda) were originally dual-mode - capable of running off of either trolley wire-fed electricity or an onboard diesel engine, and have since been converted to electric-only. Seattle also has standard trolleybuses, as well, in the form of old Gillig Phantoms, and they are slated to get some shiny new trolleys from New Flyer sometime this year. Trolleys are not run in the Downtown Transit Tunnel anymore since the light rail began running, so they are used on surface street electrified lines instead. The Bredas always had a lot of reliability issues, but I agree that trolley buses in general are a great thing. We have tons of em in San Francisco, partly for the same reason that there are so many in Seattle: hills. No other transit vehicle can compete with an electric trolleybus when it comes to zipping up a hill with ease.
Those are the ones! Though my memories are from before that color-scheme, which was instituted when I was a young teen. The one's I remember were white with brown and orange stripes. There was something I just loved about how they clung to the cables! The light rail is a long-awaited godsend for Seattle...or at least I think it will be eventually, once it's expanded to more locations and people get use to riding it. It's miserable growing up in a city with shit public transportation.

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Especially as it doesn't even show the continuation of the old Great Western main line southwest from Bristol to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Of course that line was a wee bit damaged at Dawlish during the recent storms.

Wow, that's really a shame. It looks like it's a beautiful line, though!
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Old February 28 2014, 05:12 PM   #63
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If you do a quick google of "railway at Dawlish" you'll come up with a gazillion photos. It's been one of the best places, if not the best, for trainspotting photos since trainspotters started taking photos in the UK. The south Devon coastline is beautiful, and Dawlish a mere 15 minutes by train (when they're running) from my local station. The track has always been at the mercy of the weather and exceptionally high tides, but the line's engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, nixed moving the line further inland as the county of Devon is very hilly, and the engineering works such as tunnels and viaducts would have been too expensive. The problem is that nowadays this is the only rail line south of Exeter into the rest of Devon and all of Cornwall, so there is now talk of opening (or, in the case if the old Southern Railway route through north Devon, reopening) an alternative route away from the coast as the existing track is so vulnerable.
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Old February 28 2014, 05:28 PM   #64
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That Brunel, he shoulda stuck to bridges.
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Old February 28 2014, 05:28 PM   #65
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Most other people in Cornwall would disagree.
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Old February 28 2014, 05:30 PM   #66
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Oh come now, it's not like they ever use it.
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Old February 28 2014, 05:40 PM   #67
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As have I. The Tamar railway bridge is something to behold, but my favourite Brunel creation is the Bristol Suspension Bridge.
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Old March 4 2014, 04:17 AM   #68
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This was my sweet ride today, isn't she a beauty?

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Old March 4 2014, 04:23 AM   #69
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Old March 4 2014, 07:51 AM   #70
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+ our trams

When I was a kid in Seattle we had electric buses that ran on cables like that, though they were definitely buses, not trams, and could go off the cables as well. I adored those buses as a child -- I'm not sure if they still have them though, it's been a long time since I lived there.

Ah, a quick google shows me they are called trolly buses and I think they're terrific.
This is the kind of trolley bus I rode in Dayton, Ohio in the 1970s.

Where I live, in rural North Carolina, we have no public transportation available. Standard transportation here is the pick-up truck or SUV. Mine looks like this:
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Old March 6 2014, 04:35 PM   #71
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Old March 6 2014, 04:44 PM   #72
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Old March 6 2014, 04:54 PM   #73
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Old March 7 2014, 12:20 PM   #74
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Old March 7 2014, 12:30 PM   #75
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This is what it looked like until a few weeks ago. It has new wavy front brake discs and LED indicators now, and a big dent in the tank.
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