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Do I see a bus, or do I see a train?
What you see is both of them!

It was called Schi-Stra-Bus, an abbreviation of Schiene-Strasse-Omnibus (rail-road-bus) and in service for Deutsche Bundesbahn from 1953 until 1967. Its basic concept is that of a street bus which could be put on two jack-up trucks and thus enabled to use railway tracks.
The front axe with the steering tyres was completely lifted up, the rear tyres remained on the tracks and provided propulsion. Breaking was done via the jack-ups. Maximum speed was 80 km/h on roads and 100 km/h on tracks. Capacity 60 persons, 43 of which seated.
The Schi-Stra-Bus was not too successful and only deployed on six lines. The most successful operation was in the Bavarian Forest on the line Passau-Grafenau-Bodenmais-Kötzting-Cham, ridden in 5.5 hours for 141 kms. Westerwald saw its longest use connecting Betzdorf via Au and Dierdorf with Koblenz from 1954 until 1967.

Taken on slide film with Canon A1 at Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum-Dahlhausen, September 1985, professionally digitalized.
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  • Copyright: Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 512 W: 1 N: 1822] (7139)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1985-09-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-04-23 0:37
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