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Transit on The Walking Dead

January 19, 2011

Last night and tonight AMC is playing a marathon of The Walking Dead. I have a new found respect for zombies and have a couple of friends who worked on the series, but, of course, my favorite thing to do is watch the show and point out the best parts, like the buses and trains and parts of the city I know. Yes, I am a transit nerd, but you knew that already. The guys I was watching with last night are not transit nerds, however, so I annoyingly felt the need to point out highlights such as the old Norfolk Southern buildings at Spring and Peters and the NS tracks down at Castleberry. This also leads, of course, to the things that aren’t wholly accurate in terms of transit in our fair city.

Take, for instance, the three buses shown in downtown Atlanta.


(Sorry, it’s the best image I could find online)

Let’s consider what a modern day MARTA bus looks like, shall we?

This is one of the new slick buses MARTA purchased last year. As we all know, the entire fleet is being painted to match this color scheme. I think they are lovely. However, I think that The Walking Dead bus more closely resembles this one:

That guy is an old Atlanta Transit Company bus. Notice the orange paint scheme? You can see it nicely replicated on this Walking Dead bus (far left hand side is the bus door).

Is it a throwback to the days of transit old? If so, I’m down with that. However, if the crew on the Walking Dead need someone to help them be more accurate when it comes to transit in Atlanta, I know who they can call. (Speaking of accuracy, why is there a bus down in the freight railway gulch? Does apocalyptic MARTA run service to Norfolk Southern?)

Next, let’s consider the iconic scene where our hero rides into Atlanta on a horse.

Isn’t it lovely? Bear in mind that our hero lives north of the city and road in on 85. An 85 that closely resembles Freedom Parkway and dumps him out slighty southeast of downtown, over by Castleberry and off of 20, which isn’t a possible exit from 85 south. That aside, look at the awesome features this fake 85 boasts!

A. Pony. Yea, I’m going to put it out there. Hero dude has a pony, which is my personal favorite mode of transportation. Score one for post-apocalyptic Atlanta.

B. Four rail lines on the right hand side leading into the city with what, I’m going to optimistically hope, is a passenger train. New rail lines and commuter rail? Score two for post-apocalyptic Atlanta.

C. What is that I spy on the left-hand side? That big thing on the road that sorta resembles a train, but is on the road way? Can it be a streetcar?

Looks that way to me! Post-apocalyptic Atlanta has ponies, antique buses, commuter rail, bus to freight service and streetcars. Sign me up! It’s way more awesome than regular Atlanta. Let’s give those zombies some Zom-Calm, a la Ace the Zombie, and teach them how to be train operators!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 2:56 pm

    That is an old UGA transit bus in that Walking Dead still.

  2. January 20, 2011 8:31 pm

    In several scenes the buses scattered around downtown have LA Metro logos and paint schemes. They appear to be buses from the mid-to-late 1990s.

    How they got those buses all the way to Atlanta (and why they didn’t try and find old buses anywhere closer), I don’t know.

  3. Kyle permalink
    November 8, 2011 2:46 pm

    The bus used is definitely a UGA campus transit bus. As a former driver, I have driven the exact in the pictures. Almost half of UGA’s current fleet are still of the same manufacturer and appear exactly as the one does in the photos. The manufacturer is RTS. RTS buses are used across the country and have been featured in many popular movies. UGA buses make dozens of trips to ATL each year so it’s not uncommon for one to be found there.

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