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Bogie bus

Postby tonyp » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:43 am

This photo and concept (front bogie) rings a bell but I can't put my finger on it. Anyone know what this bus is, the story behind the concept and where they were used?

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Re: Bogie bus

Postby REIDm8 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:21 am

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Re: Bogie bus

Postby tonyp » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:39 am

Many thanks Pete.
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:58 am

Looks like the bus body is put on back to front. The front looks more like it's the back.
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Postby Rclasstramcar » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:10 pm

SBM has a similar bus, but with a US (GM, Chevy or Ford) prime mover.

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Re: Bogie bus

Postby boronia » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:58 am

The bus at SBM is a conventional semi-trailer, where the driver sits in the prime mover. It has a White tug.
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Postby Rclasstramcar » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Thanks :D Boronia.

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Re: Bogie bus

Postby GM » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:02 pm

An article on the Cheetah appeared in Truck and Bus Transportation in the February, 1946 Issue.
I think there two other articles which I have not been able to locate at this moment. GM
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby GM » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:29 pm

An article from November, 1944 issue of T & BT with the concept of the Cheetah. GM
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby Myrtone » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:33 pm

Why not have two bogies, one under each end?
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby boronia » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:39 pm

The nearest equivalent I've seen to that bus was a car carrier truck in Sydney in the 1990s.

It used a Leopard prime mover which was poitioned under two levels of cars. The poor driver had to sit almost horizontal to drive it !!
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby eddy » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:46 am

I just do not get how it gets around corners. It must have an incredibility long turning circle and what happens when the steer wheels reach the side of the body? I would imagine the front bogie can only turn about 10 degrees.
PS I think i jumped the gun i just noticed that the bogie section below is seperate from the bus body. It must be interesting how they have the steering connected.
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby Alonzo71 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:42 pm

Here is how the bus was made.

It uses a AfX Specialty chassis this one is non-mag. I used two pickup shoes and soldered them facing the rear, I then worked them to follow the contour of the rear chassis. This is where the actual electrical contact is made.
The one on the left is the first one I made in the early eighties, I found it this summer in my moms garage. I had the Dodge Van which I still have mounted on it then.
For the guide pin I used an Aurora pin taped to a strip of aluminum cut from a pop can. You will have to work the aluminum strip to have just the right tension to get the bus up at takeoff.
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Re: Bogie bus

Postby tonyp » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:18 am

eddy wrote:I just do not get how it gets around corners. It must have an incredibility long turning circle and what happens when the steer wheels reach the side of the body? I would imagine the front bogie can only turn about 10 degrees.
PS I think i jumped the gun i just noticed that the bogie section below is seperate from the bus body. It must be interesting how they have the steering connected.

It was hydraulic steering eddy. That was what scared the Victorian authorities off - there was no mechanical backup for the driver to take the steering if the hydraulics failed. Which they did a couple of times in its WA service. With a combination of low speed and those wide-open WA spaces the bus just ran off the road, no harm done to anyone. Would definitely not be the go for peak hour service in Sydney!
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