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Near Cork, Ireland, double-decker stuck under bridge

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:58 am    Post subject: Near Cork, Ireland, double-decker stuck under bridge Reply with quote

A double-decker on Bus Eireann Route 220 late at night October 9, 2020, got stuck under a bridge. The driver was supposed to go over the bridge, not under it. Nobody was hurt. The model is called VWD, but I cannot figure out what that means.
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https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40062593.html

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https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/irishtransport/vwd-off-route-on-the-220-hits-bridge-in-douglas-t16282.html#p113037
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe:

This incident made me recall the "Tunnel Buses" that were used in London for many years.

These double-deckers were used specifically for routes that traveled through the tight confines of the Blackwell Tunnel; back in the "GENERAL" era, a number of the buses selected for routes using the Tunnel featured a lower chassis, as well as an unusual domed-shaped upper deck roof.

This was done to allow the double-deckers to have sufficient clearances through "The Pipe" (this was the local moniker for the tunnel; angled bucket seats, running along the center of the upper deck, were used on these customized buses.

From the rear, these buses closely resembled the London trams of that era.........

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding these London "Tunnel Buses", 25 of these "NS" type double-deckers utilized special bodywork.

The top deck was narrower than those used on "standard" London buses, and featured back-to-back bucket-type seating.

The lower decks were furnished with longitudinal seating.

Thee buses had enclosed stairways and seated 46 passengers; leather straps were furnished for standing passengers on the lower deck.

Later, six more "tunnel" buses were built with more normal upper-deck seating, but utilized the older-style open staircases.....

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Closer to home, FACCo. operated a group of "Queen Mary" double-deckers that called for different specifications than the rest of the new fleet; these buses were of a lower height than the others, designed for service to Jackson Heights, where clearances underneath the elevated had to be addressed.

The first of these buses entered service in October, 1936......

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on London's "Tunnel Buses"......

The first London buses designed especially for Blackwell Tunnel services were 40 "STL"-class AEC Regents fitted with modified Chiswick bodies.

As mentioned earlier (regarding some older, modified buses) these new double-deckers utilized inward-sloping upper deck pillars, and arched roofs; this was to allow the buses to conform to the tight, tubular contours of the Tunnel.

In 1951, however, the tunnel was rebuilt with a lowered roadway, to allow buses of standard height to run through.

The "Tunnel STL's", however, continued to run through the Tunnel, until they were retired in the 1950's........

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original post here also reminded me of the many vintage photos I've seen of London Transport's double-deckers barely squeezing underneath the steel trestles that, at the time, carried main line/suburban trains as well as Tube (Underground) trains.

In a number of photos, it appears that the top decks of the buses had, perhaps, only two or three inches to clear the undersides of these rail trestles.......

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