fgentges at mindspring.com
Fri Jul 14 22:06:43 CDT 2006
Ah yes. This is the version that responds to the portly gentleman who
steps onto the entry step by lifting the rear wheels off the ground and
then when he steps to the other side and sits down, the front wheels
lift off the ground. It leaves the hapless bus driver, who never took a
course in physics and thus does not understand the right hand rule, in a
But, the story has a good ending. Our portly gentleman, who *did* study
physics, looks down at his right hand and curved fingers, realizes the
problem and steps to the middle aisle way, grabs a strap and now all
four wheels return to the ground. The befuddled bus driver, presses
forward on his route not realizing what was happening and mused that Art
Bell would agree that his bus was momentarily abducted by aliens.
Mike O'Dell wrote:
> the version i've seen has the shaft of the flywheel in the vertical axis.
> i believe it was integrated with the gearbox with various whizzing
> metal things
> with teeth pushing each other around.
> Andre Kesteloot wrote:
>> Iain McFadyen wrote:
>>> Many buses in Europe use regenerative braking, but mindful of the
>>> losses, they later started switching to regerative braking combined
>>> kinetic storage systems, where the energy was stored in a quarter ton
>> Indeed then flywheel itself introduced problems when the trolleybuses
>> wanted to make a turn....
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