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subframe 01-30-09 11:55 AM

Caltrain riders - the British did it right - in 1955!
 
Saw this over in the road forum:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyz5d3entBw

Check out the bit at 1:45 especially, where they discuss the benefits of the vertical storage method, which I know a lot of people have advocated for a long time.

uspspro 01-30-09 12:08 PM

Pretty cool!

Only thing is the dwell time of that train is a lot longer than a caltrain.

Looks like that train is designed for longer distance travel, rather than a 20 mile commute, such as most caltrain uses.

subframe 01-30-09 12:14 PM

But 2009 America in general is faster-paced than 1955 Britain likely was, I bet we could speed it up to make it work ;)

BlastRadius 01-30-09 01:00 PM

Caltrain doesn't take you anywhere very picturesque. I guess you can take it to Morgan Hill and be mostly out in the "country".

huytheskigod 01-30-09 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by BlastRadius (Post 8276215)
Caltrain doesn't take you anywhere very picturesque. I guess you can take it to Morgan Hill and be mostly out in the "country".

Amtrak will take you to Davis :D

x136 01-30-09 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by BlastRadius (Post 8276215)
Caltrain doesn't take you anywhere very picturesque.

You can take CalTrain to a BART station, take a BART train to a bus stop, take the bus to the end of the line, and ride a bike to somewhere picturesque, though. :P

annc 01-30-09 04:24 PM

The VTA lightrail trains use the vertical storage method. The problem with VTA's implementation is that there's not a lot of space to work with and the bikes are hung about two feet of the ground so it's a bit of a hassle for shorter riders.

1jacktripper 01-30-09 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by annc (Post 8277550)
The VTA lightrail trains use the vertical storage method. The problem with VTA's implementation is that there's not a lot of space to work with and the bikes are hung about two feet of the ground so it's a bit of a hassle for shorter riders.

I was one of those shorter riders that struggled mightily in helping some woman with her vertical bike storing while riding VTA. Let me tell you, I never thought chivalry would look so un-smooth.


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