Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh my O-Bahn

Adelaide in the Australian state of South Australia has a curious form of public transport known as the O-Bahn. It is a guided busway. Special buses operate between Tea Tree Plaza in the north of Adelaide and can cover the 12 kilometres to the city in 15 minutes, travelling at 100 km/h. The buses are guided along the track without the driver having to steer.

Around four cars a year get stuck on the O-Bahn after entering by mistake, in spite of there being plenty of signage. One feature of the O-Bahn is a sump ripper, which rips the sump of  car when run over and hopefully stops the car when the oil runs out from the engine. While that may sound extreme, a head on collision with a bus travelling at 100 km/h could be catastrophic.

Yep, it really looks like a road for cars to drive on to me. Photos from the electric newspapers.






15 comments:

  1. My ignorant self didn't know about the O-bahn (despite having family in Adelaide). Another place it is obviously too long since I visited.

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    1. EC, its been there awhile. The vehicles are old and replacement and maintenance is problematic.

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  2. Wow, that is a very costly mistake for a car driver.

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    1. It is Victor, but not as much fun as the Manchester bollards.

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  3. Andrew, definitely it is intersting means of transport. In German language Bahn it means tram and we in Upper Silesia very often call trams as Bahns. Because as you have known we were for 3 centuries Germany. Today next to my apartment was a seriouis coliision with tram because the drivers are careless and irresponsible.

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    1. Gosia, all very odd. German autobahn, a freeway. I would have thought a auto=car, bahn=road. There is something wrong with the translation of bahn. Cars always come off second best when they collide with a tram.

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  4. Hahahahahaha that's beyond ridiculous and totally hilarious. How embarrassment if that happens to you!

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    1. Fen, a friend's father drove down the tram tracks in Dandenong Road a couple of decades ago. Another friend's father drove down Balaclava Road when tram tracks were replaced in cement, except the cement was still sloppy. It had to be redone.

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  5. More than a few of those accidents are young, boozed up kids on a dare, most are just beyond comprehension. As you say, the O-bahn is very clearly marked as a busway only.

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    1. River, the kids would be mostly at night time? The daytime photos are probably 'sensible' adults.

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    2. Nothing sensible about that.

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  6. That is very dangerous. Must remember when in Adelaide not to go that way. Seems a catastrophe waiting to happen.

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    1. WA, well if you do go that way, use the fast O-Bahn bus and don't drive.

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  7. I *love* the O-Bahn. :) Sometimes I really miss South Australia!

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    1. Snoskred, I have never been on it. Pity. I think it might be fun.

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