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« on: December 31, 2008, 04:19:04 PM »

Every few months here there's a local news story about some double-decker driver taking a wrong turn and turning his bus into a convertible - here's the latest:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7806333.stm

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 04:45:08 PM »

The reporter said the bus weighed 90,000 pounds...could that be right?
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008, 05:05:33 PM »

The reporter said the bus weighed 90,000 pounds...could that be right?
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That would have been 'pounds' as in '' - ie. value. Britain stopped using pounds to weigh things almost 40 years ago

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008, 05:21:51 PM »

a woman was arrested in gb for selling fruit by the bowl refusing 2 use metric system
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 11:40:42 PM »

a woman was arrested in gb for selling fruit by the bowl refusing 2 use metric system



???What kind of crack are you smoking???
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2009, 07:17:52 AM »

Yes, I agree, he was referencing the value of the coach.

using today's exchange rate, which might not convey anything intelligent, with exchange rates wildly fluctuating...

90 000 pounds sterling is equivalent to US$131 000 give or take as of this morning on the internet.

I'm thinking that number is still way off?

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2009, 07:31:20 AM »

is it just me or is the clearance sign in feet and inches. seems odd that it is not metric.
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2009, 08:02:00 AM »

is it just me or is the clearance sign in feet and inches. seems odd that it is not metric.
12'3" metric is actually & never has been popular in GB. beer by the pint s too popular & this would do away with millions of beer steins & bars would not be affording all new glassware. they took on the metrics kicking & screaming.

a woman in GB recently received 41 charges for refusing to sell fruits by metric.fruit by the bowl
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2009, 08:04:00 AM »

Well thank you, CB for the stimulating and enlightening view from your side of the smoke.
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2009, 08:08:53 AM »

When a country decides to change measurement systems, it takes some long number of years before the evidence of the old system is finally gone.

Just the cost to switch the speed limit signs is enormous, never mind the smaller stuff like the bridge heights.

A speed limit sign can be accessed from the ground, that bridge sign would need a cherry picker, a couple of men...best to leave it until some goober creams it with an over height bus, then change it out with a new one?

Canada went metric in 1973, and we were pretty much finally without evidence of the switch or the old signage some 20 years after that.

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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2009, 08:10:51 AM »

is it just me or is the clearance sign in feet and inches. seems odd that it is not metric.

It's definitely marked 12' 3" instead of metric.  But when you look at where the bus took the hit, the sign isn't necessary -- any driver with that much experience would know he wasn't going to fit under there.

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2009, 08:15:08 AM »

90 000 pounds sterling is equivalent to US$131 000 give or take as of this morning on the internet.

I'm thinking that number is still way off?

It's a transit coach, not an intercity.

Sure be fun to have one of those with intercity gearing, wouldn't it?

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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2009, 08:46:30 AM »

Already available in North America, and under 13' 6"...

45 feet long, 81 seats, Cummins ISX engine, the drivers love them, turn on a dime.

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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2009, 08:55:43 AM »

Is that like the oddessy?  Looks like almost the same.
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2009, 09:08:25 AM »

oops, sorry, its a Van Hool, specifically targeted and equipped for this continent.

The problem will be the same: How to keep the point and shoot crowd from making a convertible out of it?

The elimination of a half-full second section will not be ignored by the accountants, and there are many players watching the megabus experience closely as far as maintenance and upkeep.

There have been many business trips to Belgium by the equipment people of a number of big fleets...

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