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by eddy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Volvo autonomous bus
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Volvo autonomous bus

I saw a video on driverless semitrailers in America and while this would be good for drivers to sleep between cities, some drivers may feel threatened by loss of jobs and may do the same Tony.
by eddy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Volvo electric bus
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: Volvo electric bus

Evidently 395 kwh is like 40 litres of diesel. Although a full electric bus has greater efficiency than diesel plus regenerative braking it uses a lot of power to keep warm where even a hybrid can use waste heat from the motor. I think it would be best to use a hybrid or a six wheeler with bigger ba...
by eddy
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 4922

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020

As freight becomes more time sensitive, I see direct flights with 50/50 freight and passengers in the future.
by eddy
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

A semi will not go around the same corners as rigids, let alone artics, without taking up twice the road, or probably destroying any street furniture. You try putting a semi on something like a 607X - getting into Sydney would be easy, but trying to turn from York to Druitt/from Druitt to Clarence,...
by eddy
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

Tim For the same price you can buy a complete trailerbus made in Australia plus an imported prime mover. Not only would you create jobs with off the shelf technology but with many bus stops being removed, to me it makes sense to have a big bus with many wheels that accomadate everything. As a semi c...
by eddy
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

While wheelchair access is a community expectation, there seem to be some here who lived through much of a time when it wasn't and even now, new transit vehicles may have portions of the interior (not just the driver's cab) that are still not accessible to those with difficulty climbing stairs. As ...
by eddy
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Vigilantes
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Vigilantes

MCI9 wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:32 am
I worked the strip in vegas on the deuce service NO fare evasion they were told you pay or get off
You must have had a single front door?

Humble apologies it appears they were DD with a centre door
by eddy
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

The standards for DDA are set by experts. They are often updated as new issues are identified. Do you have any specific issues to address? A mobility scooter will not fit on a standard bus so unless they catch a train a person who needs it on the other end is in a jam and that will be many in NSW w...
by eddy
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Vigilantes
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Vigilantes

tonyp wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:51 am
In this post-cash era, close the drivers up in cabs like a tram and rear door entry. It's unwise for drivers to be doing enforcement nowadays, leave it to the RPOs.
Like a Trailerbus so he is not distracted by the passengers.
by eddy
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

Yes, with the Trailerbus and for half the cost of an imported artic.

Electric scooters, wheelchairs plus those with strollers or bikes.
by eddy
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

YouTube
Batteries of the future Trace Domingues at 1.45 talks of 3000Wh/kg
by eddy
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Saw a guy on TV say "It is only impossible until someone does it"
by eddy
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

I noticed that electric buses use a lot of power for heating and cooling so the Trailerbus would only have A/C on the top deck where people would be comfortably seated. With huge doors and mainly standees for a few blocks the lower deck would have none. Trailerbus with safety stairs https://3dwareho...
by eddy
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: EBUSCO and Bustech/Precision announce electric bus alliance
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: EBUSCO and Bustech/Precision announce electric bus alliance

Overnight charging and no outside mirrors are great but like most Australian drivers I like flat main mirrors to judge distances. https://www.fullyloaded.com.au/truck-re ... the-future

How much each bus?
by eddy
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Tim I remember you once said the space for the safety stairs was wasted and suggested it would be better used for extra seats but I cannot find it now. In response I would like to say seats are not the problem but the number of bus wheels unless you cause chaos rebuilding the road and then you may a...
by eddy
Thu May 28, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Tony you are so right when you talk about the fear of looking foolish and some people never learn to ride a bike, swim or dance because of this but as Benjamin Franklin said “nothing ventured nothing gained” Perhaps the Trailerbus is a dumb idea but now the state government and indeed Australia is a...
by eddy
Wed May 27, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Daniel wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 8:04 pm
Thank you, enough with the trailer buses now please.
Yes Daniel wrong thread.

What is your solution to the dilemma Tony has pointed out "How to get artics electrified"
by eddy
Tue May 26, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Hi Tim I am back over here. One True the 5t battery would have to supply the a/c via the big ducts next to the seats on the top deck and also the compressor for the brakes and the rams which push the spring loaded horse float ramps down but I am sure it would be quite adequate as I drove an 8t loco ...
by eddy
Tue May 26, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

I did a rough sketch of the trailer bus concept, it is too rough to post on this site! There are some considerations to your trailer bus idea that need to be thought through: 1. The trailer air-con, lighting and may be doors, ramps etc, would need to be powered from the main prime mover battery (pr...
by eddy
Mon May 25, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Semi-trailer d/deckers have been around for a number of years in India, but in relatively small numbers and are/were fairly crude affair!! The concept is interesting, but road space, for buses with such a large footprint, might be a problem in Sydney's inner areas. Sometimes I think that we dwell t...
by eddy
Sun May 24, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 4922

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020

Interesting that where the runway is not up to scratch they use extra wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZbmnYqkA9g
by eddy
Sun May 24, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

I think that announcement was just another brainfart from the Minister. Since then, 333 Bondi Beach, which is the busiest bus corridor, has been repurposed as an all-artic operation. In the long term, most corridors in Sydney requiring high capacity will see buses replaced by metro. SE sector has t...
by eddy
Sat May 23, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Upgraded the Trailerbus drawing to show the top seats and safety stairs. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/71a560b7-883c-4341-bcda-ccf7a72cc992/Trailerbus-with-safety-stairs-and-single-stop-button The large air conditioning ducts are below the top deck windows to enable the passengers a better ...
by eddy
Fri May 22, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Already buses are allowed greater mass than a truck so if you have more standing plus bigger batteries you need more wheels. Without looking it up again, I recall there are no specific dispensations on axle loads for buses over trucks. There are limits on how many wheels you can put on a bus withou...
by eddy
Thu May 21, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45836

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

Already buses are allowed greater mass than a truck so if you have more standing plus bigger batteries you need more wheels.

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