• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

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    SV Omnibus and the railroad
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    2.
    SCU Steering wheel and controls
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    3.
    SV Omnibus pulling up at stop by roadside
    0.22

    4.
    GV PAN ZOOM INTO SCU Front tyre of omnibus being blown for braking test.
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    SV/SCU Overhead and road guide rails and track
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    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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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1H7O03LJQ5O6GG7FASMHJ32LZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1H7O03LJQ5O6GG7FASMHJ32LZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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