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Articulated bus, Bombay by coshipi Articulated bus, Bombay by coshipi
India, December 1983.

They have buses like this in Delhi, too, although they're only a small minority of buses in Delhi.
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kermit6frosch Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Very interesting bus! The first buses based on a tractor truck were built in the 1930ies in Germany (tractor truck: Mercedes / body: Kässbohrer). They were only "one floor".  In some RDA cities as East-Berlin, even double decker tractor truck trolley buses were used.

As a bus fan, I like such special vehiculs.
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is COOL! I've been searching for pictures of these buses but had very little luck. I found out about these from seeing one in a documentary from the mid 90's. Just such a bizarre and cool design. Are these still around at all? From what I can tell most disappeared after the 1990's
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coshipi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I saw these in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1983, but didn't seen any in Delhi until many years later. There were some in Delhi in 2002, but I don't think I've seen any since then. Doesn't mean there aren't any - Delhi's a big place!
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devianb Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
That is very interesting to see. Seems to make great use of passenger space.
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coshipi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
I've never actually been inside one of those. Bombay was the only place I'd ever seen one when I took that photo, but I've seen the same design in Delhi since then.
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bukwessul Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
In basic training we rode on single decker busses like this. we called them cattle cars. we were shoved in tighter than sardines with our gear. It took a few minutes to disembark due to everyone being interlaced after several miles of jostling down the roads even with drill instructors yelling at us. Funny.
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Toadsmoothy2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
OMG!!! people actually RIDE in that thing!!! it looks like its gonna fall apart any minute! :lol: cool shot though. :)
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coshipi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
Indian buses often look very dilapidated, but they're actually pretty solid. Bits fall off from time to time, but the important bits usually get looked after reasonably well.

The roads are so bad the buses have to be pretty solid. A typical English bus looks much tidier, but would actually fall to bits (in important parts, like the chassis) very quickly if it tried to run on typical Indian bus routes: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]

Not that this Bombay double-decker has to tackle routes like that one.

I shall be riding that bus route again this Christmas. I might try to get some more pictures.
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Toadsmoothy2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
damn! aren't YOU a lucky boy?! i'd love to go to India. yes please...take lots of pictures! :)
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ninamsp Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
I always knew English influence was pretty big in India. But not that much! I wonder what it must be like to take a ride in a bus like that :)
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coshipi Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
I don't know - I never have! I've been in lots of buses in India, but never an articulated double-decker.
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tkach Featured By Owner May 23, 2004
This bus looks like one of them double-deckers like in London, only the cabin is sawed off and instead there a security area to hook it on to a truck...
Looks a bit strange anyway....
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coshipi Featured By Owner May 23, 2004
One of the things I like about the Bombay articulated buses is the fact that the tractor unit body is built in exactly the same way as the bus body. It could simply have been an ordinary truck tractor unit - but it's made to match as a set.
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Cyclist Featured By Owner May 21, 2004   Photographer
A huge bus, but seems a little bit old not very safe. Maybe it seems to me so because I live in the country that well-known as "bus empire". You know, the central bus station in Tel-Aviv is the biggest in the world! It's even much more bigeer than many airports.
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coshipi Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
I think these buses are reasonably safe, really. They only go very slowly - nothing moves very fast on Bombay roads!
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