West Germany's Daimler Benz motor company, who make the prestigious Mercedes car, have unveiled a new passenger transit system designed to provide a single vehicle which can run on both road and rail.
SV Omnibus and the railroad
SCU Steering wheel and controls
SV Omnibus pulling up at stop by roadside
GV PAN ZOOM INTO SCU Front tyre of omnibus being blown for braking test.
SV/SCU Overhead and road guide rails and track
GVs Omnibuses reaching end of automated points, and returning to manual operations (by driver) to act as ordinary road coach (2 shots)
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Background: West Germany's Daimler Benz motor company, who make the prestigious Mercedes car, have unveiled a new passenger transit system designed to provide a single vehicle which can run on both road and rail. Called the O-Bahn (Omnibus-Bahn), it was first shown to the public in 1977. The system is intended to exploit rail travel for longer, faster journeys through less populated areas, while using the road network for picking up and setting down passengers. The vehicle holds 240 people. It runs on electricity but diesel engines can be used. The system uses overhead rails and tunnels for the tracked section of journeys. It has an automatic guidance system, but uses manual control on the road. The system is already in use int the West German city of Essen, and another West German city, Regensburg, is to install the system. Work has also begun on installing the O-Bahn in Adelaide, Australia. There, city planners estimate 80 per cent of passengers will be able to complete their journeys without a transfer using the new system.