Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1990 Cadillac Brougham limo

1977 Plymouth Fury

vehicles at the junction of Lambton Quay and Featherston Street, Wellington, early 1920s

Looking north.  For lots more, see the books Wellington Transport Memories and Wellington: a Capital century.

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Toronto Island ferry 'Thomas Rennie', Canada


One of the harbor ferries that have operated the short distance to the offshore islands of Toronto on Lake Ontario since the 19th century. This one, Thomas Rennie, dates from 1951 and originally had a capacity of 1,000 passengers; this was reduced to 524 and then increased to 736 due to upgrades to bulkheads and engines in 2011. There are 7 other ferries and in total they carry 75,000 passengers a day.

'this transpress nz book is so good'

2010 Lada C-Cross

A pic from the Moscow Motor Show. We thought we'd post this after receiving the pic below in a viral e-mail.  Don't believe everything you see in these!

classic American name trains

Another stamp issue from this year by Union Island, Grenadines St Vincent. We've mentioned the first three trains above in earlier posts. The New Royal Palm was a Southern Railway train which ran from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Jacksonville, Florida, between 1949 and 1970.

International trains stamps

An issue from this year by Guyana, featuring Brazil, Israel (from the look of it GE and EMD locos), a New South Wales suburban multiple unit, and Hungary.

Monday, July 21, 2014

RMS 'Omrah'

There are some obvious differences from the above artwork.

As those who have our books know, the Omrah was built in 1899 for the Orient Steam Navigation Company for passenger service between the UK and Australia. In WW1 she was requitioned for use as a troopship. On 12 May 1918, while headed from Marseille to Alexandria, Omrah was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-52 40 nautical miles (74 km) from Sardinia. One person aboard died in the attack.

Mexican 'Consolidation' loco

Locomotive 262, a 2-8-0, seen in 1967, now in the Museo de Historia Mexicana.