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Last Call – Tower Bridge Bus Jump Edition

Redusernab March 16, 2011 Last Call 24 Comments

Mind the gap.

I got this postcard at a souvenir shop. The back reads:

On 30th December 1952, the driver of a bus on route 78, travelling over Tower Bridge in the evening, noticed the road was rising in front of his bus. The bridge was being raised. It was too late to brake as the bus might have slithered over the edge. He put his foot down hard on the accelerator and jumped the gap and ensured his passengers were safe.

Let’s see , huh?

  • Maymar

    So he kept calm and carried on? Good to know then.

  • tonyola

    He's probably long dead, but the driver earns a Hoon Hero award for this.

    • bernie

      yeah unfortunatly he is long dead. the think the shock of jumping the bridge brought on an illness. he was the father of my mothers matron of honour. he got presented a £10 bravery award for jumping the gap…probably worth about £200 in todays money.

  • And from then on, all double deckers in all of foggy London town were fitted with melodic 'Dixie' air horns, JUST IN CASE.

  • Alff

    This is how he came to be known as Keanu Reeves, KBE.

  • At least it wasn't a triple decker or he would never had made it! Here are my latest street finds from Olympia WA.

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  • Drifting put in perspective…

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  • SSurfer321

    And people get all worked up to watch Travis Pastrami jump a little Subaru onto a barge….

    • If he had jumped it onto the Block Island Ferry, it'd be called a Pastrami and RI.

      • Holy crap! Been saving that one for awhile?

  • And thus AIRBUS was born.

    • Alff

      Ironically, the noise the bus made coming down the ramp was "Boing, Boing, Boing."

      • austinminiman

        You says "yeah", I says "nah."

  • Alff

    So who's getting married, Blake?

    • Deartháir

      I think it's Blake and Alex. That's legal in Britain.

      /starting vicious rumours.

      • Alff

        Honeymooning in Paris, perhaps?[ SBuKuA9nHsw ]

  • Number_Six

    Who are they trying to kid? The guy had been planning it for months.

    • Deartháir

      He must have, because if anyone has ever stomped on the gas in an old British diesel, they'll know that "acceleration" is not one of the results. "Noise", "black clouds of soot", "puddles of oil", "a new tax from the Lord Mayor of London", and "valves through the bonnet" are all possible results. Acceleration is not.

      • Not true. Despite its often restricted usage in the context of discussing automotive performance, the word "acceleration" also applies to a decreasing speed. This is a perfectly reasonable outcome upon depressing any pedal in any British vehicle, except perhaps those which are intended to actuate the clutch or brakes.

  • P161911

    Found this on Wikipedia under Tower Bridge Incidents:
    "The Hawker Hunter Tower Bridge incident occurred on 5 April 1968, when a Royal Air Force Hawker Hunter FGA.9 jet fighter from No. 1 Squadron, flown by Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock, flew under Tower Bridge. Unimpressed that senior staff were not going to celebrate the RAF's 50th birthday with a fly-past, Pollock decided to do something himself. Without authorisation, Pollock flew the Hunter at low level down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament, and continued on to Tower Bridge. He flew the Hunter beneath the bridge's walkway, remarking afterwards it was an afterthought when he saw the bridge looming ahead of him. Knowing that he was likely to be stripped of his flying status as a result of this display, he proceeded to "beat up"[Note 1] several airfields in inverted flight at an altitude of about 200 feet en route to his base at RAF West Raynham. Pollock was placed under arrest upon landing, and discharged from the RAF on medical grounds without the chance to defend himself at a court martial. "

    • Number_Six

      I'm no expert, but here's what I think that event may have looked like:
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      [img src: collectair.co.uk]

  • njhoon

    Nor should he! I want to buy him one now. I heard he did will his balls to science to find out what type of iron they are made of.

  • Simply put i don’t really enjoy the royale’s….

  • fail

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