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Old 07-15-2018, 09:24 PM
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Example of electric trolley that is at the New York Trasportation museum near Rochester.

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Old 07-16-2018, 12:50 AM
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In London we have or have had all of these electrically powered systems.

Right now we have the tube, fully electrified since 1961. Docklands Light Rail, the Croydon trams. As a kid I remember the trolley buses. Before my time there was an extensive tram network.

Very close to my house is a DIY store on a site that started as a tram depot and later became a bus depot:
https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-ho...chley-n12.html
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Ive ridden many, Light rail in minneapolis, Chicago 'L", and ive gotten to operate an old wooden Twin cities streetcar, instructed by a former motorman. Only got to ride a trolleybus once, a former Milwaukee coach at the illinois railway museum. it was built in the '30s and had much better acceleration than busses do today. Oldest Ive ridden is a Duluth streetcar built in 1893. Have also ridden wooden Chcago "L' cars, and electric interurban trains, including the North Shore line Electroliner. Milwaukee and Chicago were once connected by the best and fastest interurban line, trains every hour on the hour 24 hours a day every day of the year, with extras at rush hour. And the Electroliner even had a bar and food like burgers, but they couldnt compete against the newly opened I-94...once the big holding company that owned it realized they could make more money be selling it all for scrap.
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I'm curios, on the "Electroliner" was any car in which smoking wasn't permited?
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Here in Nottingham on double decker bus's smoking was permitted on the top deck but banned on the bottom one. If the bottom deck was full & I had to go upstairs there'd be a smokey smelly fug up there & I'd be coughing. Smoking is now banned in all indoor public places/bus's/trains/trams/taxis. People can't smoke in their own cars if children are in it..
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I quit smoking and I do hate the smell that gets into you (I can stad the smoke if it isn't to thick).
In Romania we can't have always urban public transportation that carries people only on seats. Surface transportation (and underground one too - only in Bucharest we have subway) would not be able to cope with so many people at some hours and on some routes.

Chicago had something unique in the U.S.A.: streetcars with 3 doors! In Europe 3 doors it's a must in most cases.
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Trolleybuses do have a very good acceleration.
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I was once told a story from a BC Transit employee when they upgraded to the new Flyer trolley buses that a lot of the drivers were caught off guard at how much more sensitive the accelerator pedal was compared to the old buses. Woosh!

There is actually a group that is trying to get one of the old trolley buses back. Over a decade ago TransLink sold them to Mendoza in South America and the society kept one but a few years ago someone stole the switchcgear out of the bus while it was in storage because of its high copper value and now that Mendoza is trying to phase the buses out the group is trying pretty frantically to get either the switch gear pulled and shipped or a whole bus shipped back but they have so far been unable to secure funding.
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We do have all mentioned public transport vehicles except trolley busses but we are going to get electric busses which can be recharged with current collector brackets here in Vienna

https://www.wienerlinien.at/eportal3...tentId/4200572

I personally prefer city railway especially here on the outskirts where I live.
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Anyway, why did Viena quited trolleybuses?
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Traditional trolleybuses had 2 main problems. Coming off the wires, an all too frequent event. And the ugly forest of wires above streets, especially major junctions. The modern version with battery backup seem like a good idea.
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I don't remember dewirement to often in Romania. But maybe air suspension made a better work.
The thing with wires is a thing of taste. I don't hate them. I like them. I do hate the internet cables hung on the poles wheb they are too many.
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When I was a young kid in the late 1950s/eearly 1960s we still had trolleybuses in London. My local major junction was Golders Green Station. This photo I found online shows just a fraction of the overhaed wiring at the junction and bus station.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36844288@N00/3958006425

Apart fom the wires this view is remarkably similar today.

For a forest of overhead wiring this shot I took in Buenos Aires almost 2 years ago is pretty good. There's stuff elswehere that makes this look very modest. This one from Thailand looks fun: https://www.videoblocks.com/video/ta...vxanlmjdhq1dma
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That "forest" of cables can be found in Romania. Both Argentinian and Thai ones.

Probably double decker trolleybuses where more prone to dewirment. Sadly, no double decker trolleybus network remained, except for the ones in museums.
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Anyway, why did Viena quited trolleybuses?
It was too much effort to change the wiring of this system with every required road and serwer tunnel work. This caused to quit the trolleybus system in late 1958.

Here is a nice picture I found:

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