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(Modern Mechanix)   Meet the "Titanic" of buses. Featuring swimming pools, restaurants, and a roof-top airport, truly the greatest in road travel 1930 had to offer   (blog.modernmechanix.com) divider line 73
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2013-05-02 11:06:44 AM  
Right. The first overpass it encountered would immediately end that trip.
 
2013-05-02 11:18:37 AM  
I guess they didn't have the square-cube law back then. (WARNING: TV-Tropes link)

The reason we can build huge ships is cuz they can float by themselves. (Same reason we have huge whales and other sea creatures, but the dinosaurs died out a long time ago.) Huge land-based things just aren't efficient.
 
2013-05-02 11:23:31 AM  
The turning radius on those things must be a biatch.

CSB, nicest bus I ever went on was one of the long haul overnighters in Argentina.  Seat was the size of a first class one on an airplane and reclined flat, steward served you food and drink, and there were even games of Bingo to win a free bottle of wine.  Wish other countries caught on.
 
2013-05-02 11:28:17 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-02 11:29:05 AM  
img832.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-02 11:35:41 AM  
www.instablogsimages.com
 
2013-05-02 11:51:28 AM  

phlegmmo: Right. The first overpass it encountered would immediately end that trip.


fast as a train
NYC to San Fran

and exactly HOW would it get up to that speed, given the slow farkers driving in front of it?
LOLOLOLOL
 
2013-05-02 12:14:11 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]


Awesome

/watch out he's got a broken milk carton!
//truly Stockard Channing's best performance
 
2013-05-02 12:16:45 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: [upload.wikimedia.org image 311x187]


The largest and onliest street going vessel ever built
 
2013-05-02 12:19:12 PM  
What exactly do the planes do?  are they supposed to land or take off from that 100ft runway?
 
2013-05-02 12:32:02 PM  
Well assuming the bus gets up to normal highway speed any plane with a minimum landing speed of about 50 knots would be able to land on it.  The problem would be getting it stay on the deck without flying off.

The bigger problem is when this behemoth encounters an overpass (like previously mentioned).  It will either takeout the overpass or get cut in half.
 
2013-05-02 12:37:49 PM  
I liked http://blog.modernmechanix.com/the-everything-set/

Hell, I'd possibly buy one of those even today.
 
2013-05-02 12:45:26 PM  
www.thiel-a-vision.com

Speed better watch out for Cruncher Bloch.
 
2013-05-02 12:45:58 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]


I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.
 
2013-05-02 12:50:33 PM  
And there would still be a creepy guy trying to touch your feet while you slept....
 
2013-05-02 12:53:01 PM  

Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.


What movie is that?
 
2013-05-02 01:02:39 PM  

Grither: Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.

What movie is that?


The Big Bus.
 
2013-05-02 01:13:43 PM  

theresnothinglft: Well assuming the bus gets up to normal highway speed any plane with a minimum landing speed of about 50 knots would be able to land on it.  The problem would be getting it stay on the deck without flying off.

The bigger problem is when this behemoth encounters an overpass (like previously mentioned).  It will either takeout the overpass or get cut in half.




To be fair, 1930 was before things like overpasses were common.

Ships work because the ocean is big and flat with few obstructions. We move more than enough cargo to justify their size. They do make very long trucks and trains which likely match this thing in volume.

If we started over on some flat desolate world like mars, or hired the road builders from code geass (all hail Britainia!), then it would make a certain kind of sense.
 
2013-05-02 01:15:02 PM  
Came for The Big Bus references.

/Leaving satisfied.
//Get off my lawn.
 
2013-05-02 01:17:08 PM  
Isn't the landing strip kinda short?
 
2013-05-02 01:18:22 PM  

Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.


I saw it at the theater as a kid .... with grandma
 
2013-05-02 01:20:37 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]


They painted the coyote backwards!
 
2013-05-02 01:24:05 PM  

phlegmmo: Right. The first overpass it encountered would immediately end that trip.


Or an iceberg.
 
2013-05-02 01:28:08 PM  
Bathia_Mapes:  www.instablogsimages.com

The very thing I was thinking when I saw the header.
 
2013-05-02 01:42:22 PM  

Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.


I'm truly surprised that there are that many posters in this thread that do.
 
2013-05-02 01:42:26 PM  

dittybopper: [www.thiel-a-vision.com image 397x300]

Speed better watch out for Cruncher Bloch.


YES!!!  I came here to see this, for reals!
 
2013-05-02 01:48:19 PM  
My heart will go on.

/*Sniff* jack
 
2013-05-02 01:51:29 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]
I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.
I'm truly surprised that there are that many posters in this thread that do.


That movie was older than I remembered. Came out the same year I finished high school and started college.
 
2013-05-02 01:55:25 PM  

stuhayes2010: What exactly do the planes do?  are they supposed to land or take off from that 100ft runway?


More than enough room for these guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pw4OE7gM2M
 
2013-05-02 01:58:37 PM  

phlegmmo: Right. The first overpass it encountered would immediately end that trip.


Right, at the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, why are the drivers' seats on multi-deck buses never on the TOP level?  With the seat on the lower deck, the poor guy's just going to tootle along thinking, "oh ho hum, here we go under an overpass" because it's not going to take HIM out.  But put him up on top so he'll see it right in front of him and he might think "OH CRAP, I'M GONNA DIE FIRST" and hit the brakes before it's too late.
 
2013-05-02 02:05:40 PM  

way south: theresnothinglft: Well assuming the bus gets up to normal highway speed any plane with a minimum landing speed of about 50 knots would be able to land on it.  The problem would be getting it stay on the deck without flying off.

The bigger problem is when this behemoth encounters an overpass (like previously mentioned).  It will either takeout the overpass or get cut in half.

To be fair, 1930 was before things like overpasses were common.

Ships work because the ocean is big and flat with few obstructions. We move more than enough cargo to justify their size. They do make very long trucks and trains which likely match this thing in volume.

If we started over on some flat desolate world like mars, or hired the road builders from code geass (all hail Britainia!), then it would make a certain kind of sense.


They did have Trees in the 1930s though.  One good low handing oak and this journey grinds to a halt (or planes get knocked off the flight deck.  Oh and it will never make it through mountain roads.  There are ones in West Virginia that i've seen trucks struggle on and even burn up brakes with (needless to say 3 miles on those with the smell of burning rubber is not fun).  Assuming this behemoth gets up a mountain pass it will still have to go down the pass.  I hope it has epic brakes on it.

On mars this would work until we started building overpasses after roads are build and hey, people need to get somewhere.  The point about mountains still holds though.   Ships also work because the ocean is mostly flat and there's nothing to hit if your ship goes down a huge wave (usually).
 
2013-05-02 02:06:26 PM  
'After I sold the bridge, he was willing to buy more, so I "designed" this "bus" see?'
 
2013-05-02 02:07:07 PM  

Fubini: I guess they didn't have the square-cube law back then. (WARNING: TV-Tropes link)

The reason we can build huge ships is cuz they can float by themselves. (Same reason we have huge whales and other sea creatures, but the dinosaurs died out a long time ago.) Huge land-based things just aren't efficient.


Damn you and your TV-Tropes link!! I was there to read about examples of physically impossible large things in moves and I ended up reading about non-mammal mammaries!
 
2013-05-02 02:26:12 PM  
Using the humans in that picture as a reference point of scale.. The road infrastructure that thing would need would be silly.  And those stabilizer wheels are terribly designed and would more than likely just break off eventually..
 
2013-05-02 02:31:13 PM  
fubegra.net
 
2013-05-02 02:36:38 PM  

bluecrabscribe: Came for The Big Bus references.

/Leaving satisfied.
//Get off my lawn.


Read the link and it said it sucked but I dunno. A group of friends saw it and everyone said it was very funny and no they weren't high.
 
2013-05-02 02:38:52 PM  

Latinwolf: Bathia_Mapes: Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]
I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.
I'm truly surprised that there are that many posters in this thread that do.

That movie was older than I remembered. Came out the same year I finished high school and started college.


I'm a bit older than you. Graduated high school in 1970.
 
2013-05-02 02:52:24 PM  
img203.imageshack.us

Looks like something Bruce McCall would illustrate. Above: McCall's "Tyrannic."
 
2013-05-02 02:52:56 PM  

Fubegra: [fubegra.net image 800x629]


Came for Supertrain, leaving happy.

/let's copy The Love Boat, but make it a train instead!
//no end to the cocaine supply in 70s Hollywood
///slashies come in threes
 
2013-05-02 03:02:58 PM  
I'm curious about how a swimming pool would work in a large moving vehicle.
 
2013-05-02 03:04:24 PM  

theresnothinglft: On mars this would work until we started building overpasses after roads are build and hey, people need to get somewhere.  The point about mountains still holds though.   Ships also work because the ocean is mostly flat and there's nothing to hit if your ship goes down a huge wave (usually).

Agreed that its all situational.

I'd imagine that a big bus would avoid trees like an ocean liner avoids reefs. But if you've got open expanses of wasteland or roadway to cover, and paying passengers to transport, the math works.

You could lump enough horsepower in there to get over a mountain so long as you've got a wide enough path made for it.


dl.dropboxusercontent.com


/Posting a mammoth, because I am on the internet.
 
2013-05-02 03:15:16 PM  

way south: theresnothinglft: On mars this would work until we started building overpasses after roads are build and hey, people need to get somewhere.  The point about mountains still holds though.   Ships also work because the ocean is mostly flat and there's nothing to hit if your ship goes down a huge wave (usually).
Agreed that its all situational.I'd imagine that a big bus would avoid trees like an ocean liner avoids reefs. But if you've got open expanses of wasteland or roadway to cover, and paying passengers to transport, the math works.You could lump enough horsepower in there to get over a mountain so long as you've got a wide enough path made for it.
[dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 404x332]
/Posting a mammoth, because I am on the internet.


For a bus like that, you'd have to build the infrastructure to make it workable.

Figure a road comparable to a modern divided interstate, but with much fewer exits/entrances, and with nothing going over it (powerlines need to go under, as do other roads).  Trees have to be cut back to not interfere.

Given that, and the fact that we aren't talking local transport but long-haul city to city stuff (like NYC to Chicago, etc.), it's technically feasible.

It probably wouldn't have been economical, though, in the face of the installed infrastructure that trains already had, and the added niceties wouldn't have been enough to counter either the speed of travel of the growing airlines, or the relative cheapness conventional train travel.
 
2013-05-02 03:39:36 PM  

way south: theresnothinglft: Well assuming the bus gets up to normal highway speed any plane with a minimum landing speed of about 50 knots would be able to land on it.  The problem would be getting it stay on the deck without flying off.

The bigger problem is when this behemoth encounters an overpass (like previously mentioned).  It will either takeout the overpass or get cut in half.

To be fair, 1930 was before things like overpasses were common.

Ships work because the ocean is big and flat with few obstructions. We move more than enough cargo to justify their size. They do make very long trucks and trains which likely match this thing in volume.

If we started over on some flat desolate world like mars, or hired the road builders from code geass (all hail Britainia!), then it would make a certain kind of sense.


It's not even the problem of obstacles that makes this thing impossible. It's the problem of ground pressure. Ground pressure is why snow shoes and tank treads work. Even on a paved road, a wheeled vehicle this massive would sink into the ground. It would need an ultra-strong roadway to support it.
 
2013-05-02 03:42:41 PM  
Here's a modern day version you can own for a cool quarter million...the Airstream SkyDeck.

www.tmdesignresearch.com

And its interior stairway...

1.bp.blogspot.com

I always lusted after one of these.
 
2013-05-02 03:50:26 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: I'm curious about how a swimming pool would work in a large moving vehicle.


0.tqn.com

Works just fine, thanks. So long as you don't make any sudden starts or stops, of course. Jam on the brakes, however, and ... sploosh.
 
2013-05-02 03:54:10 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.

I'm truly surprised that there are that many posters in this thread that do.


I watched it. HBO or some cable channels showed it back in the 90s.
 
2013-05-02 03:55:28 PM  

dittybopper: Grither: Warchild: Bathia_Mapes: [www.instablogsimages.com image 550x236]

I'm glad someone else remembers that movie.

What movie is that?

The Big Bus.


I remember that one. It had a soda fountain that exploded and almost drowned some guy, because they could not get the doors open. Think Airplane on a bus with bad actors and a horrible script.
 
2013-05-02 04:10:30 PM  
Was that in Popular Science? That magazine is a glossy version of weekly world news
 
2013-05-02 04:21:07 PM  
Looks like a nice target for Vash the Stampede.
 
2013-05-02 04:28:17 PM  

Beerguy: stuhayes2010: What exactly do the planes do?  are they supposed to land or take off from that 100ft runway?

More than enough room for these guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pw4OE7gM2M


That's incredible. Particularly the take-off. Wow.
 
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