Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Electric



When I was a little lad, knee-high to a grasshopper, I was on a bus outing to Ayrshire and the driver took us to the Electric Brae. There weren't any of these road signs then; just an unremarkable stretch of road except for the superb views of Culzean Castle, Ailsa Craig and the coastline of Arran.

He stopped the bus, switched off the engine and then released the handbrake. The bus started to roll fowards up the hill! He then explained that natural Electricity was affecting the bus and making it move uphill all by itself. He restarted the bus, drove off and turned to come back where he demonstrated the bus rolling backwards up the hill.

Guess how impressed we were!

It is of course merely an optical illusion which tricks the eye into seeing the road gradient in the wrong direction, but there are still masses of visitors who come to experience the electro-magnetism.

Unfortunately the camera doesn't lie and I've never seen a photograph that captured the illusion. So you don't get a photograph of the road.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Awwwwww.....I thought you'd have risen to the challenge!

Grant F said...

have never quite figured out how that works...must head across and try it for myself.