Friday, February 24, 2017

the first railroad in Texas

In 1850, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway was chartered. This important step marked the beginning of Texas’ Railroad Age.

The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway (BBB&C) was the first to begin operations in Texas, the first component of the Southern Pacific open for service, and the second railroad west of the Mississippi. Needless to say, the BBB&C was an important milestone for the history of railways not only in Texas, but the United States as well. The first locomotive that ran was named after Sidney Sherman, a key figure in the Texas Revolution and one of the original owners of the railroad. In 1853, the first 20 miles of track were opened from Harrisburg west, and Sherman’s train was ready to leave the station.

The Harrisburg, as the BBB&C was commonly referred to, extended its rails to Richmond on the edge of the Brazos in 1856. By 1860, the BBB&C railroad track extended 80 miles to Alleyton, near the east bank of the Colorado River. The onset of the Civil War halted construction of new tracks. In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, the BBB&C extended its business over the Columbus Tap track, which helped the company cross over the Colorado.

The BBB&C eventually faced financial troubles and was sold in 1868 to Col. William Sledge for $13,000. Col. Sledge kept a 25 percent interest and sold the rest to a group that included Thomas W. Peirce. This group reinvented the Harrisburg, and they bought new locomotives and cars, which had not happened since before the Civil War. Facing difficulties with bridges and the Brazos River, however, the BBB&C had trouble staying efficient enough for business. In 1870 it was sold again, this time for $25,000. Peirce became president of the company and merged it with Columbus Tap and the Brazos Iron Bridge. The name was changed to the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway.
Harrisburg did not develop into the major city on Buffalo Bayou as the first backers had originally hoped, but the railroad was still successful, in a sense. It was the first railroad in Texas and today is a major part of Southern Pacific’s transcontinental Sunset Route, which stretches from New Orleans to Los Angeles. It handled heavy freight traffic as well as Amtrak’s Sunset Limited west of Houston.

(from the Legacy of Texas

Lodge sparkplugs ad, 1950

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Catherwood Tour Bus poster for Ireland and Scotland, 1931

Info here

'a real book is much better than a little screen'

LOT Polish airlines poster 1948

It's possible this is meant to depict one of the five 4-engined SNCASE SE.161 Languedoc aircraft that the airline had for a short period in 1947-1948.

Southern Pacific 'Decapod' class F-5 2-10-2

Built by Baldwin; an example seen in Ripon, California, in 1954. A 'decapod' means 10 coupled driving wheels.

"During 1923 and 1924 [Baldwin] delivered fifty-one of them which the SP designated as Class F-5 with road numbers 3718 through 3768 assigned. These locomotives had 63" diameter drivers, 29.5" x 32" cylinders, a 200 psi boiler pressure, they exerted 75,145 pounds of tractive effort and each weighed 397,900 pounds. The 52nd locomotive was number 3769 delivered in 1924. It was fitted with Uniflow valves on delivery and Classified as Class F-6. The valve gear was changed to Walschaert valve gear in 1925. In 1931 the locomotive was fitted with Caprotti valve gear, which was removed when number 3769 was rebuilt and reclassified as a standard Class F-5 in 1937."

U.S. dealers order 3,000 of the export model 2017 Holden Commodore

U.S. Chevrolet dealers have snapped up an entire year’s allocation of Holden Commodore-based SS sports sedans ahead of order books for the car closing at the end of this month.

Chevrolet confirmed to Wheels overnight that even the extra 1000 cars that Holden will build for the US export market this year on top of its existing 2000 units had gone.

“All US dealer orders are in for the allocated production of the 2017 Chevrolet SS,” Chevrolet said. “This includes any additional units that were confirmed for production last year.”

Favor motorbikes and cycles, 1937

Dunedin Public Library bookbus, 1960s

A late 1930s Leyland. (Dunedin City Council)

impatience and satisfaction