5 crazy inventions from the bus industry which didn’t quite catch on – Transport Designed

There’s no doubt about it. It’s an industry leading the way in vehicle design and innovation, but wow, the bus industry has come up with some absolute clangers over the years.

We set out to catalogue some of the craziest, funniest and downright dumbest inventions seen on buses through the ages – ably assisted by you! Here’s 5 which topped our wall of shame.

You see, Pacers, which are really just rail-faring Leyland National buses, have sadly blighted pretty much every single Northern town and city since the beginning of the 1980s. Incredibly, Pacers are still found in huge numbers on Britain’s railways even today, though it certainly looks like their days might be numbered. They’re cheap, reliable, and well…that’s about it, really.

But before Pacers came this – an actual bus which could run on rails.

A Hants & Dorset Bristol LH was fitted with metal flanged wheels by Lucas Aerospace in the late 1970s, which allowed it to run on rails. It ran on the West Somerset Railway in testing for a while before somebody, in a moment of complete sanity, cancelled the project before the bus could make it into the mainstream. 5 crazy inventions from the bus industry which didn’t quite catch on – Transport Designed

 

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