Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jumping a gap

In 1952, the driver of a London double decker bus on route 78 had to make a split second decision when a span of Tower Bridge began to lift in front of him. He accelerated his bus to clear the by then 1 metre gap and the bus then dropped 2 metres onto the other span which had not yet began to lift. No one was seriously injured and the driver was not at fault.

Pretty amazing and here is little piece of artwork by someone unknown. Cute, hey


23 comments:

  1. Andrew, it was very interesting but dangerous . Luckily it was happy end

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    1. Gosia, they were quite lucky.

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  2. Sometimes passengers in the back section of Sydney's 'bendy' buses are lifted right out of their seats when travelling over rough roads or when the driver is forced to break suddenly. It's a little disconcerting.

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    1. Victor, I should think that is very alarming. Have I travelled on an artic bus? I don't think so. We have some here in the outer suburbs.

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  3. Chris is in melbourne at the moment!

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    1. John, and he has brought the British weather with him, along industrial strife. The rain is pissing down and the trams are not running. It is the most miserable day outside for quite some time.

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  4. It is cute. And clever. I wonder what the passengers thought way back when...

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    1. EC, they must have really wondered what had happened. Back in 1952, I doubt a London double decker would have had much in the way of acceleration.

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  5. Glad I wasn't on the bus at that time.
    Merle.........

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    1. It would be great fun Merle.

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    1. Well that comment was about as badly done as it's possible to be, lol.

      Interesting story and in fact I recall reading a letter from my great grandfather to my mother, referring to it. It was one of several he had written to her from around the world.

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    2. How interesting Jac. The bus leap must have received quite a lot of publicity around the world.

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    3. Jac, you should not have mentioned it and I would have just deleted it and no one would know that you are less than perfect.

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    4. Pfeh, like I would have let myself get with that... but thank you, in any case.

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  7. Jumping a gap with a bus would be a tricky thing, glad he made it across and no one was hurt. Reminds me of the movie The Blues Brothers where the boys do something similar, but in a car.

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    1. River, I've not seen The Blues Brothers but I have seen cars jump gaps on tv. Often the passenger will put their hands over their eyes.

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  8. This is the stuff nightmares are made of :(
    I would never go over that bridge again :(

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    1. Hels, modern procedures would almost 100% prevent that from happening today. Almost 100% are quite good odds.

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  9. This driver must have had nerves like iron !

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    1. Gattina, if you have seen the Thames at low tide, I would take the chance rather than end up in the water.

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    1. Susie, I wonder how aware the passengers were.

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