Re: Pseudo tram arrives in Perth
  Mark Skinner

I am aware that there are some differences. However, given the ease with
which Adelaide modifies the buses for O-Bahn usage, I doubt there's a huge
challenge. I do know that, from time to time, problems have cropped up. For
example, at one time, some types of bus experienced excessive tyre wear.
But nothing to affect operations as far as the public was concerned.

Now, perhaps there is a reason why double articulated buses wouldn't work
on the O-Bahn. On the other hand, they are supposed to be designed to track
exactly over their guides. Point being though surely if anything, it's a
reason to call it a trial? Try it, if it doesn't work, no loss of face. If
it works, then everyone concerned is covered in glory.

Maybe, like the Julien Patent battery tram, they are going to try and hawk
it round the country and try it everywhere.

Mark Skinner

On Wed, 27 Sept 2023, 2:09 pm Matthew Geier, matthew@...>


> On 26/9/23 09:34, Mark Skinner wrote:

> > As far as the guidance system goes, failure is a possibility with the

> > existing mechanical linkages. I am pretty certain that the system is

> > designed to contain buses over a number of failure modes, not just

> > steering linkages failing. Eg, tyre burst.


> I remember reading years ago that the buses allocated to the O-Bhan had

> special wheels with 'run flat' tyres and that there was a process for

> dealing with one broken guide arm, where the driver kept pressure on the

> steering wheel to force the other guide wheel to steer the bus.


> They are not 'standard' buses. A Sydney bus couldn't drive down to

> Adelaide and then use the O-Bahn track.


> With rear wheels steered by actuators, the failure modes becomes some

> what more complex.



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