A brief description is given of an inner-city type bus developed by L. Roy Leembruggen, an Australian consulting engineer and two major Australian companies, Dunlop Australia Ltd., and John Lysaght (Australia) Ltd. The Townobile carries 116 passengers (48 seated, 68 standing) at speeds up to 60 km/hr. Driven by two electric motors powered by dual half-tonne banks of Dunlop traction batteries, the bus has an operating range of between three and four hours. Battery changeover time is said to be five minutes and recharging can be accomplished in three to four hours. Using two sets of batteries, the bus need be off the road, therefore, for only about 45 minutes in every 24-hour working period. Other design features of the Townobile include contoured, fibre glass perimeter seating which allows plenty of leg room; vandal-proof seating and fittings; one step entry; completely flat flooring and two wide 25-inch aisles divided by stainless steel handrails and staunchions; inside headroom of 6ft. 6in. A feasibility study carried out by Mr. Leembruggen indicates that the system, using 10 such buses running over a circular, three-mile, inner-city route, would call at bus stops every three minutes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Allens (Clerkenwell), Limited

    39 High Street
    Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8DG,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

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  • Accession Number: 00158356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1981 12:00AM