Sunday, October 23, 2016

Brussels to Paris electrification poster, 1963

It says 3 hours by ordinary train, 2 hr 35 minutes by a TEE train.  This shows a SNCB series 150 electric locomotive of which there were 5, designed for dual DC voltage, 1.5 kV and 3 kV plus 25 kV AC - info and pics

'I like to read a transpress nz book in my garden'

NZR poster featuring Hanmer Springs

It's a bit ambiguous what the man is announcing he's back from; as well as hot springs, Hanmer Springs was the site of a well-known alcoholics rehabilitation hospital, Queen Mary, which finally closed in 2003. The Canterbury District Health Board then said it was going to put it on the market, but in 2010 said it was donating the buildings to the local council.

You couldn't get to Hanmer Springs by rail; the closest station was the end of the Waiau branch, but Culverden would have been the station for a change to a bus.

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Bedfords at the Tearooms, circa 1960

A scene at Morere Hot Springs north of Nuhaka on the road between Napier and Gisborne; a Bedford truck supplying Peter Pan icecream (a brand which lasted from 1939 to the 1990s, info) and a Bedford SB with Duple Vega styling -- which operator?

steam train arrives at Hendaye, France, from Spain, circa 1900

Hendaye (roughly pronounced 'on-die') is a border town with Spain.

an F at Hokitika, 1900s

One of the ubiquitous F class 0-6-0ST's with a goods train attached.  Horses with carts are in the yard, but no motor vehicles are visible.  The 38.5 km branch line from Greymouth to here was opened in 1893 and it still exists, although these buildings are history.

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Muslim plot to blow up the Jubilee Line in London foiled by observant passengers

A suspected viable improvised explosive device (IED) described as a bag with wires sticking out, was found on Thursday on a London Jubilee Line Underground train.

'It is unknown who placed the device and what their motivation was [we can make an accurate guess]. Therefore it remains possible that the perpetrator may attempt to place further devices. The threat level will continue to be reviewed as further information is received,' said a police spokesman.

Update: a 19-year-old 'Asian' was arrested in connection with this plot.  Story

trams in George Street, Sydney, late 1900s

Trees rather obscure the equivalent view now.

train time at Trangie, NSW, 1906

A  small country town, some 485 km northwest of Sydney.