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Spring-powered bus (UK?)- looking for info
« on: July 31, 2007, 09:51:31 am »
There was a discussion here at work today about hybrid vehicle technology and a 'wind-up spring-powered bus' was mentioned. We started to search for it but found nothing. I think the company was in Birmingham UK and if we recall correctly the buses were rewound with a mule team (so it was many years ago). Anybody know what I am talking about that might be able to point us in the right direction?

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Re: Spring-powered bus (UK?)- looking for info
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Re: Spring-powered bus (UK?)- looking for info
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 08:25:07 am »
No, that wasn't it. Cool find though, I wonder how those things would have handled on ice.

From what I remember, these spring buses had a large horizontally place flat-coil spring (like a kids wind up toy) that they centered over a shaft. A axle was raised vertically out of the floor in to the shaft at the station and the whole thing was wound up by a mule team.

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