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Is it a Bus or a Train? Meet these Weird & Wonderful Guided Buses

These days, buses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While some of these vehicles fit in with the typical image that is conjured up by the word ‘bus’, others are truly innovative vehicles and many would be hard pressed to even work out whether they were buses or some other form of transport. Some of the weird and wonderful guided buses include: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway: Located in England, this busway connects a number of areas including Cambridge, Huntingdon, and St. Ives. There are specially adapted vehicles used and there is no need for the driver to use the steering wheel on the guided parts of the route. This busway opened in 2011 and cost tens of millions more than its projected £150 million estimate. It is now the world’s longest guided busway. Crawley Fastway: Also in England, this guided busway system provides connections between Crawley, Gatwick Airport, and Horley. Special adapted vehicles are used that can be steered by hand or can be operated as guided buses that do not require steering. Special tracks were constructed for the use of these vehicles. O-Bahn Busway: This guided busway system can be found in Adelaide, Australia, and has provided a great way to ease congestion and traffic. This was the first system of its kind in the country and amongst the first on a global basis, having been introduced in the mid 1980s. Yutorito Line: Based in Nagoya, Japan, this rapid transit system opened in 2001. The system includes a guided bus track as well as an ordinary non-guided road section. Many consider this more of a railway than...

Bus Travel has Come a Long Way: Some of the Remarkable Features Now Standard on a Motorcoach

There is no doubt that over recent years bus travel has come a very long way, with a range of advancements that have helped this mode of public transportation to evolve. These days, you will find everything from buses that are futuristic in design to buses with green credentials and ones that comes with a range of luxury touches. Travelling by motorcoach these days can provide you with access to comfort, convenience, and some great features. Some of the remarkable features you can now find as standard on motorcoaches include: Reclining seats: Gone are the days of having to sit bolt upright for the whole journey when travelling by motorcoach. You can now relax and even enjoy a nap in comfortable reclining seats. Reading lights: If you are travelling in winter or at night when darkness sets in, you can read your favorite books without disturbing others with your own overhead reading light. Restrooms: You no longer have to worry about ‘holding it in’ until the bus makes a scheduled stop. You can now enjoy the luxury of a restroom onboard for your comfort and convenience. Overhead baggage hold: There is no need to worry about your baggage sliding around as the bus travels, as motorcoaches now have overhead baggage hold for security and convenience. Large, tinted windows: If you enjoy taking in the scenery as you travel, you will enjoy greater comfort from the large, tinted windows, which offer great views and enable you to avoid the glare of the sunlight. Entertainment: Many motorcoaches now offer entertainment as standard, which includes audio and video equipment for a more...

The Longest Bus Journey in the World

Most of us have experienced what we may have thought was a lengthy and laborious bus journey at some point or another. However, what you may have classed as a long bus journey is nothing compared to some of the bus journeys that people have had to endure. If you get restless on long bus journeys, you will only be able to imagine what the people on the world’s longest bus journey must have felt like. According to the Guinness World Records the longest bus journeys in the world took place in 1988 and departed from London in England. The longest bus journey – Thompson, Weston, and Steel Hughie Thompson, Richard Steel, and John Weston decided to embark on the monster of all bus journeys in 1988 – a journey that took them over a year to complete. The three men who were all from the UK travelled on a London Double Decker bus across 18 countries and covered over 54,000 miles. They set out in November 1988 from London and finally arrived back in the English capital in December 1989. As part of their mammoth bus journey, the three men travelled to Copenhagen from London. They then went on to Hamburg, Milan and Istanbul. Next, their London bus took them to Dubai after which they headed to Lahore, Bombay and Singapore. Next came the Australian cities of Perth and Sydney which were followed by Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. From here they headed back to England’s Liverpool and finally back to London. If you would like to bring your group on a long motorcoach...

A Brief History of Motorcoaches

Motorcoaches, or coaches/buses as they are often simply known, are vehicles that most of us have had experience in using at some point or another. These vehicles have become hugely popular among commuters, providing a valuable transportation option on which many people rely. However, the original coach was nothing like the coach we know today. In fact, they were simply horse drawn carriages, until the early part of the 20th century when the first motorized versions were introduced. The evolution of motorcoaches The Charabancs was one of the first motorized coaches, although this was still nothing like the coaches we know and use today. Operators started purchasing these vehicles in the early part of the 20th century and began expanding their fleets. Over the early part of the 20th century, some of the internal features that we see today in motor coaches began to be introduced, albeit in a rather primitive fashion. During the first few decades of the 20th century, motor coaches went through radical changes both in terms of design and features. By the latter part of the century, the motor coach was a completely different vehicle to the one that was around in the 1920s. Today, the motorcoach has evolved into a form of transportation that is not only reliable and efficient but is also able to offer the luxury and comfort that its earlier counterparts never could. From air conditioning and entertainment through to reclining seats and spacious interiors, the modern motor coach has come a very long way since the first Charabancs. If you’ve been inspired by this A Brief History of Motorcoaches and would like to bring your...

The Biggest and Smallest Bus in the World

To many people, one bus looks pretty much like another. Apart from the numbers and perhaps the colors of the buses based on destination, many people wouldn’t know one bus from another. However, there can be significant differences between buses, including in terms of their size. A unique bus riding experience If you’re looking for a unique bus riding experience, you may want to take a trip on the world biggest and smallest buses – although you will have to travel to two different countries to do this…Germany and Italy. Auto Tram Extra Grand For a ride on the world’s largest bus, you need to head to Germany where the mammoth Auto Tram Extra Grand is being trialed. At over 100 feet long, this is the longest bus on the planet, with the capacity to transport 256 passengers. Running largely on electric power, this vehicle is considered to offer the convenience of a bus with the capacity of a train. Orders for the bus have also been placed by Shanghai and Beijing, where its capacity is likely to make it a big hit amongst commuters. The trial of this giant bus has been taking place in Dresden and its design consists of three sections, giving it a very distinctive appearance. Tecnobus If you want to try the smallest bus in the world, you should head to Italy where you can board the Tecnobus, which is part of the urban public transport system. Compared to a normal bus, this bus looks like a miniature. Compared to the massive Auto Tram Extra Grand, it would probably look like more of a toy...

5 Awesome Sights You Can See From a Tour Bus

Hopping on a tour bus is a great way to explore any town, city or destination. There are many wonderful sights and places that you can visit in the comfort of a tour bus and enjoy an incredible visual experience. Some of the awe-inspiring sights that you can take in from a tour bus: Niagara Falls: The beauty and breathtaking wonder of Niagara Falls is something that you will never forget no matter what time of the year you visit. A trip to the falls by tour bus is a great way to take in the splendor and sheer beauty of this natural wonder. Golden Gate Bridge: A visit to San Francisco would never be complete without a visit to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. This historic and hugely popular landmark has become an iconic part of San Fran and can be viewed with ease from a tour bus. Grand Canyon: Nevada’s Grand Canyon is truly a sight to behold, and one that you will not forget in a hurry. Forget about the airplane and helicopter trips that you can book to see the wonder of the world – a great way to take in this wonderful sight is by paying a visit by tour bus. Kennedy Space Center: If you are heading to Florida, booking an excursion to the Kennedy Space Center by tour bus is a must. You can enjoy heading to the facility in comfort and you will find plenty to explore when you get there. Yosemite National Park: Located in California, Yosemite National Park is a wonderful place to visit, and heading over there...

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