History of Bus Travel
Ever wondered about who thought of making a super large vehicle that could transport many people at once, saving them the expense of travelling solo? We here at Mega Bus, would love to inform you more about the origin of this wonderful mode of transportation.
When were buses invented?
The first person to launch a public bus service in Paris was Blaise Pascal, he called it “carriages”, in 1662. After being operational for 15 years, the operation ceased and buses didn’t appear again until horse powered multi-person carriages emerged in Paris again in about 1819 or 1820. “Omnibus”, meaning “for all” in Latin is where the word “bus” was derived from. For the exact same reason as today, these were used to transport multiple people along a route and allow them to board or debark at various locations along the route without the necessity of having stations.
When was the first route travelled?
The first regular bus route appears to have been Manchester to Liverpool, beginning in 1824. Steam-powered buses came into service in England roughly ten years later. The Siemens brothers invented the electric trolley-car and demonstrated it in 1882, but it did not go into service carrying passengers until 1901 in Germany, and 1911 in England.
Which was the first mass produced bus model?
The firsts mass-produced bus model was the B-type double-decker bus, designed by Frank Searle and operated by the London General Omnibus Company – it entered service in 1910 and almost 3 000 had been built by the end of the decade.
Which different types of buses are there?
Formats include single-decker bus, double-decker bus (both usually with a rigid chassis) and articulated bus (or ‘bendy-bus’) the prevalence of which varies from country to country. Bi-articulated buses are also manufactured, and passenger-carrying trailers — either towed behind a rigid bus (a bus trailer) or hauled as a trailer by a truck (a trailer bus). Smaller midi buses have a lower capacity and open-top buses are typically used for leisure purposes. In many new fleets, particularly in local transit systems, a shift to low-floor buses is occurring, primarily for easier accessibility. Coaches are designed for longer-distance travel and are typically fitted with individual high-backed reclining seats, seat belts, toilets, and audio-visual entertainment systems, and can operate at higher speeds with more capacity for luggage. Coaches may be single- or double-deckers, articulated, and often include a separate luggage compartment under the passenger floor.
Now, wasn’t that really informative?
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