Yellowstone Park buses
Yellowstone National Park may soon become more accessible in winter and summer, through collaborative efforts to develop a new alternative fuel vehicle.
A small yellow bus futuristic lot of interest across the US.
The new bus is designed to recall the nostalgia and history of the old bus that runs through Yellowstone National Park, in the years 1930.
The new version is a 16 – 32 Passengers can use other fuels, with a low floor and conforms to the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (THERE IS).
The curved back and rear reflectors are designed to reproduce the bus tour Yellowstone, in the years 1930.
Kerry Klingler, project manager for INEEL.
Kerry Klingler has worked with officials of Yellowstone National Park, the automotive industry and other private companies to develop a new medium-sized bus for use in national parks.
the versionover-the-road the bus was unveiled and tested in Washington DC and through the national parks of the United States.
The winter version tested in Yellowstone National Park
Early January 2004, the winter version of the yellow bus was tested on snowy roads back in the Yellowstone National Park. The team is looking for ways to improve the vehicle before actual production begins. at the end of the year 2004, the bus has been modified to run on rails, similar to snow coaches used in some parks.
The entrance ramp provides easy access and exit
Once the new yellow bus opens its doors, we make a fast forward in time from its predecessor for years 30. First of all, the bus is lower than four inches. Ensuite, a hydraulic ramp is deployed off the field. This new suspension system makes the bus accessible to wheelchair users, people pushing strollers or rolling luggage. Once inside the bus, wheelchair or stroller can be held securely in the locked position.
Developers say that finding a genuine yellow color as the old bus of Yellowstone National Park was tricky. Old paint on the rest of the specimens had been worn and laundered – except in one place – the glove box. The engineers looked inside all the old glove boxes they could find, and at least 17 different yellow had been used, but the yellow BMW was the most popular. The bus is built on a chassis General Motors medium T-560 with a gross vehicle weight between 19000 and 26000 books.
It took three years to design and build the bus. It was completed a few days before the official opening in late summer in Yellowstone National Park.
While the bus is designed to run on natural gas, for this trip, he used his fuel system. It was difficult to find natural gas on the road refueling stations. Finally, They will be manufactured using several optional engines, to authorize the use of other fuels such as natural gas, propane, ethanol and biodiesel. One objective of this collaboration is the protection of the national park pristine environment, combined with a campaign to increase national security.
The estimate of the vehicle's purchase price is in the range of 110000 $ to 180000 $, depending on the desired characteristics and if a system to track winter operations specified.