By amfibus across the Clyde
February 8, 2010 10:26 AM Subscribe
posted by acb (49 comments total)
5 users marked this as a favorite
Originally developed for military tasks, amphibious
buses have found a niche running tourist services
in various cities around the world. But now, Scotland is about to get the first timetabled amphibious bus passenger service
, replacing a ferry route in Glasgow and extending it inland to a nearby town and a shopping centre.
While tourist operations typically use modified military personnel carriers, the Glasgow service will use a purpose-built amphibious passenger bus named the Amfibus, of which costs £700,000, looks much like a regular road bus and has been used by tour operators in the Netherlands, and will cross the Clyde between Renfrew and Yoker. The service made its maiden voyage today, but was temporarily grounded afterward after a flotation bag had worked loose.