Tuesday, August 30, 2016

wishful thinking

Trump, Assad and Putin lead Erdogan to the slammer...

narrow gauge Fiat Littorina railcar in Eritrea, 1940s

For the country's 950 mm gauge line into the mountains. Info here
(John Brantley pics from the late 1940s)

the Muslim migrant flow from Eritrea and Somalia to Europe gets worse

According to a BBC news item, Italy has received 112,000 economic migrants this year, 50% up on last year.  These migrants mostly make a long land journey through Libya as Egyptian security forces try to prevent them from using Egypt as a transit route to Europe or Israel.

The International Organization for Migration says there are a further 275,000 migrants in Libya waiting to travel. Overall, about 284,000 migrants have entered Europe so far this year.

Fiat railcar in Turkey

These 3-car diesel-hydraulic trainsets were based on the Italian FS ALn 668.14 and a total 11 were introduced in 1961.  Engine output was 778 hp (580 kW) and seating capacity was 199.

to Southend by the District Railway poster, England

Probably this dates from 1902 when the Whitechapel and Bow Railway was constructed as a joint venture with the District Railway, connecting the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway at Bow with the District Railway at Whitechapel.

vessels in Delft, Netherlands, early 20th century

Kantara Station, Egypt, circa 1912

The loco could be a 4-6-0 built by North British of Scotland (photo below of one taken at Zagazig station in 1915 during WW1).