Wednesday, May 27, 2015

building rail tracks through the Congo, early 20th century

Or "Great Belgium" as it is referred to here in this Liebig "tomato concentrate" card. Albert Thys arrived there in 1887 and promoted the Matadi-Léopoldville Railway, which was built from 1890 to 1898. He imposed a route by the south, deviating from the Congo river. See earlier posts.

bush tram scene near Dannevirke, early 20th century

Or a logging railroad as they are known in the U.S.  No train in sight, but it looks nice anyway.  For more, see our books.

the World Expo 1988 monorail, Brisbane

See earlier post.

Tjardiis à la IKEA

See earlier post on the Yardis. (from

traffic in Salzburg, Austria, 1955

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ship 'Berlin' (1908)

The Berlin was built in 1908 for Norddeutsche Lloyd, interned in Norway in 1914 and in 1919 handed over to the British as a war reparation. She re-entered service with the White Star Line in 1921 as the Arabic. Between 1925 and 1929 she served with Red Star Line, still under the name Arabic, before reverting briefly to White Star Line service in 1930; the ship was scrapped in 1931.

Tonnage: 16,786 GRT
Length: 613 ft (187 metres)
Beam: 69 ft 8 in (21.23 metres)
Propulsion: Quadruple expansion steam engines, 16,000 ihp (11,931 kW), 2 screws
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Capacity: 3,212 passengers:
266 × 1st class
246 × 2nd class
2,700 × 3rd class
Crew: 410

Soviet railway poster 1924

Someone who can read Russian should be able to tell us what it says.

Japanese 2-8-2

Japanese National Railways 2-8-2 class D52 number 335 seen in 1963 in Kozo. The design of the D52 was based on the D51 which was launched in 1936. A total of 285 D52 locomotives were built over 1943-1946.