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Smell a rat


I was very surprised to read the letter about trolleybuses causing nausea in this week's NCE.

Perhaps it was something to do with the soft suspension giving a very smooth ride, coupled with high acceleration provided by gearless smooth electric transmission.

Having grown up with trolleybuses in Newcastle, I cannot remember the effects described, but only the smooth silent operation. The only problem was the visible tangle of overhead wires and the occasional stop because the trolley had come off the wire.

We were all sad when they were phased out.

On the contrary it is the smell of diesel fumes that still makes me nauseous after all those rides in badly driven diesel buses and coaches on longer distance routes.

Even today the smell of a diesel bus makes me nauseous and I certainly will never buy a diesel car, no matter how clean it is claimed to be! Nor will I take a bus if other options are available.

Donald Holliday, donald.holliday@care4free. net

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