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Old October 31st, 2007, 11:42 PM   #81
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Populatist rubbish from a dickhead who has probably never set foot on public transport in his life.
I agree... I hate bendies but I think I hate Boris Johnson even more.

These and the slam doors have gone now... I miss the slam doors...
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:34 AM   #82
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In Davis, California Unitrans runs a few Routemasters. They are possibly going to replace them with new Double Decker vehicles soon, because the buses are really old (1940s and 50s).
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:56 AM   #83
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In Davis, California Unitrans runs a few Routemasters. They are possibly going to replace them with new Double Decker vehicles soon, because the buses are really old (1940s and 50s).
Any pics? That sounds pretty cool!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 01:03 AM   #84
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I agree... I hate bendies but I think I hate Boris Johnson even more.

These and the slam doors have gone now... I miss the slam doors...
They were so old fashioned really, especially the layout inside with corridor coaches, high-backed seats and luggage racks. Not to mention the health & safety nightmare of two dozen doors per car that could just be opened at will at any point during a journey! Quite crazy thinking about them now.

I used to love the old North London Line trains which ran past my house... My Mum (and I think everyone else) used to call it the 'Broad Street Line' after the below terminus which closed in 1985 (the year of this photo). I remember rattling across North London on them and distinctly remember the bars across the windows which stopped you from sticking your head out (somthing to do with the narrowness of Hampstead Tunnel).

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I digress, sorry!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 02:24 AM   #85
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They were so old fashioned really, especially the layout inside with corridor coaches, high-backed seats and luggage racks. Not to mention the health & safety nightmare of two dozen doors per car that could just be opened at will at any point during a journey! Quite crazy thinking about them now.
But they were so comfy, and the amount of doors made dwell times ridiculously low... Well... I guess I can comfort myself with the thought that Desiro's and Electrostars will be considered heritage in a few decades...
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Old November 1st, 2007, 02:51 AM   #86
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Those trains are really weird!

The only time I saw them was in a Coupling episode (the one Jeff pretends to have only 1 leg).
I found that train really weird, but now I see they actually existed.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 03:01 AM   #87
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In Davis, California Unitrans runs a few Routemasters. They are possibly going to replace them with new Double Decker vehicles soon, because the buses are really old (1940s and 50s).
In fact, they're RTs. The Wikipedia entry also says that Unitrans is thinking of buying two Alexander Dennis Enviro 500s.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 03:20 AM   #88
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Those trains are really weird!

The only time I saw them was in a Coupling episode (the one Jeff pretends to have only 1 leg).
I found that train really weird, but now I see they actually existed.
What's so weird about them?
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Having tons of doors in each carriage!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:41 PM   #90
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Just saw that a Routemaster has shown up in Melaka, in Malaysia.

Running a scenic tourist circle of the old city...at RM5 for a full day pass it is quite a decent price and goes to many areas.

Even locals are using the bus to get around.

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Having tons of doors in each carriage!
Weren't all trains like that?

These days trains are all the same, damn globalisation
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:50 AM   #92
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Weren't all trains like that?

These days trains are all the same, damn globalisation
Nah, I never saw any trains anywhere in the world with as many doors as the 4EPB stock.
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Weren't all trains like that?
Uh?!

Not in the rest of the world mate!
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 05:09 AM   #94
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What were old trains like in other countries then?
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A door in each end(on each side) is/was the most usual.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 06:46 PM   #96
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I feel sad now, we lost something unique!
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 04:40 PM   #97
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they had trains like that in Northern Ireland until about 2 years ago.
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 11:55 PM   #98
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Last time I use the Barking-Gospel Oak in London the railcars were like that. Have they gone already?
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Last time I use the Barking-Gospel Oak in London the railcars were like that. Have they gone already?
All of them left about 2005 I think? The Routemasters went at a similar time too. Tubeman will probably know the answer.
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Old November 4th, 2007, 01:21 PM   #100
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Last time I use the Barking-Gospel Oak in London the railcars were like that. Have they gone already?
Yes the diesel 'slammers' were withdrawn from the Gospel Oak-Barking line in about 2000 (it happened when I was driving on the District Line, so it was 1999-2001).

All slam-door trains had to be withdrawn by 2005 due to health & safety concerns, although two preserved trains are retained on the Lymington branch in Hampshire (even though it is not a preserved railway), so they must have special dispensation.

3CIG train on the Lymington branch

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