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Old November 4th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #101
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What were the health and safety concerns?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #102
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What were the health and safety concerns?
Being able to open the doors at 90mph might have had something to do with it!
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Old November 5th, 2007, 12:07 AM   #103
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Weren't they locked by the driver?!!!?
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Old November 5th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #104
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Nope each one had a simple handle on the outside. To open it from the inside you just slid down the window and turned the handle.

No electronics or locking system at all on the windows or doors.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #105
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Is there a way a modern version of the slam doors could be made? And thanks for the info.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 03:05 AM   #106
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You had to pull down the window and open and turn the handle on the outside?
No handle on the inside?!
That's really crazy!
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Old November 5th, 2007, 03:20 AM   #107
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LOL you still have to do it on the Intercity 125s which are still in service.

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Old November 6th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #108
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You had to pull down the window and open and turn the handle on the outside?
No handle on the inside?!
That's really crazy!
Originally the doors had handles on the inside as well, but they were removed to prevent passengers accidentally opening the doors when the train was moving.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 12:49 AM   #109
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That's what I would call a good and safe design!
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Old November 6th, 2007, 12:55 AM   #110
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Being able to open the doors at 90mph might have had something to do with it!
That's considered a negative? I'd think that's more of a bonus feature than anything!
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Old November 6th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #111
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Nope each one had a simple handle on the outside. To open it from the inside you just slid down the window and turned the handle.

No electronics or locking system at all on the windows or doors.
A lot of them had handles inside until withdrawal too though... the 4EPBs on the North London Line and the 3CIGs I used to get to 6th form college (Waterloo-Reading service) had handles inside.

I used to love the way that as the trains pulled into Waterloo or any of the other Southern region termini there was a race amongst hardened commuters to see who could open the door and get off first... Half the train would get off before the train had even stopped!
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Old November 11th, 2007, 09:42 PM   #112
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slam door train movie

I made a movie about these fantastic trains a couple of years ago



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Old November 11th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #113
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Nice video. Some cars seem to have fewer doors than usual though...
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Old November 12th, 2007, 12:22 AM   #114
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Great film, nostalgic. I HATED that SWT / Stagecoach livery though... Such a shame that those magnificent EMUs ended their years looking like they'd been painted by chimpanzees. The South eastern yellow and white livery was also gross.

The Network Southeast livery was smart



...We're so not talking about Routemasters!
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Old November 12th, 2007, 12:37 AM   #115
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It was smart, but retro... The SWT didn't look any less retro however, and in a bad way.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 03:07 PM   #116
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Desgin a new bus for London

A competition with a £25,000 top prize has been launched to design a new Routmaster style bus (or part of one) for London to replace the bendy buses which are disliked by some people but not 'everyone' as many articles claim.

Details of the New bus for London competition on the Transport For London website

Autocar magazine have already had a go.

Any thoughts about what to include?
What are the best features of buses around the world?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #117
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Hydrogen buses!
The Belgian bus constructor Vanhool devolops them.

edit: it's not VANHOOR, it's VANHOOL.

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Old July 6th, 2008, 03:30 PM   #118
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Need a futuristic design, maybe roof plants [just because its the conservatives], a sign at the back [electronic] to tell you what service it is, adding to the signs at the front and side, a door for passengers at the other side, a bit of flexibility can't be bad.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #119
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Hydrogen buses!
The Belgian bus constructor Vanhoor devolops them.
YES PLEASE, I HATE DIESEL (caps lock on purpose)
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Old July 6th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #120
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It must have escalators to get up and down from the upper floor.
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