Monday, November 01, 2010

Public Transportation of Yesteryear

Bulldog Bus

Full Steam Ahead!


I'm stepping back in time today. It's theme day for all the City Daily Photo bloggers. The November theme is Public Transportation. The first public bus line between Haninge and Stockholm started in 1919 and on the top photo you can see a 1938 Scania bus. Nick named Bulldog Buses. Between 1938 and 1940, 130 such buses were made by Scania. The bus took 21 passengers. This particular bus has been renovated and used in movies and TV productions, I snapped a photo of it at a classic car meet. Back then they also travelled with the steam train on the Nynäsbanan between Nynäshamn and Stockholm. The railway line opened in 1901. The locomotive you see here at the Tungelsta commuter station comes from a museum in Nynäshamn and two or three times every year you can travel to the nations Capitol on this train. If you would like to see more steam trains I have a flickr set with a few photos.


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17 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

Past, present and future - surely a joy for the sense of sight. A safe road ahead for you and a good start into the new month, week as well.


daily athens

J Bar said...

They are classics. I really love seeing the vintage buses and trains.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

These are both classics. The bus was from an era when people boarded on the left and they drove on the right, I assume. I don't remember exactly when Sweden switched sides for driving, but I believe it was during my lifetime because I remember seeing news reports about it, and that bus is older than I am.

Randy said...

Seems we both chose older modes of travel. Love that bus.

Y. Ikeda said...

I love second image, locomotive making a cloud of steam!!!

Bergson said...

i take the second

Jilly said...

Two wonderful shots for today's theme, Steffe. Love the rounded lines of the old bus and adore that photo of the train with all that steam. Harry Potter!

VP said...

You have found some precious vintage means of transportation. The locomotive is gorgeous and even the bus is a quite good design considered the age. I have seen worse things rolling the roads of Eastern Europe in the 1990s!

brattcat said...

nice pair of photos for theme day!

B SQUARED said...

A wonderful look back.

Bloggin in PA said...

Great photos! That train reminds me of the train in the Harry Potter movies! :-)

Halcyon said...

I like the old ways the best! Would love to take a ride on the steam train. What fun!

Leif Hagen said...

You didn't take that train to school, did you, Steffe? Ha!

Olivier said...

deux tres bons choix pour le theme du mois, avec une preference pour la locomotive

EG Wow said...

Both modes of transportation are still in great shape!

RedPat said...

Love that red bus - love the curves.

Irina said...

These old fellas awake so warm feelings about the past.