Tuesday, July 23, 2019
"The DDA40X is the most powerful single-unit diesel-electric locomotive ever built, surpassing the ALCO Century 855 built in 1964, which was rated at 5,500 hp (4.10 MW). However, more recent designs, such as the EMD SD90MAC and GE AC6000CW, have come close; both of these locomotives were rated at 6,000 hp (4.47 MW). It is also the third-most-powerful internal-combustion locomotive ever built, exceeded by the Russian Railways GT1 and Union Pacific GTEL gas turbine units. [At 98 ft 5 in (30 metres)] it is the longest single-unit diesel locomotive ever built."
A total of 47 were manufactured between April 1969 and September 1971 of which 13 survive today, including No. 6936 which is still in service with UP.
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The bus on the right (rear view) looks like it has Pacific Electric livery. What is the car on the right?
Makeover plans for Pershing Square (which contains a lot of bricks/concrete) were announced by the City Council 3 years ago, but nothing has happened since.
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Monday, July 22, 2019
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A scene captured by an Evening Post photographer on the Lower Hutt side of the Wainuiomata Hill Road on 10 December 1959 after the Leyland Comet had capsized on the curve visible on a rainy day. The other two are Bedfords. The tow truck was a World War 2 Scammell (now in Richardson's Truck Museum in Invercargill?).
This road has long been four lane, but is still steep and twisty.
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These were built 1934-1957 by SECN (this one WR #360 in 1944) for 1500 Volts DC from overhead. One car of a two car set was powered by four traction motors (one hour rating in total 920 hp, continuous rating 816 hp). Seen at Barcelona-Villanova in 1964. Info and more pics
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
|Phoenix lands on Mars. (NASA art)|
The Moon, however, is only a 3 day hop from Earth -- the next celestial body deserving a manned landing is about 9 months away and a return mission involves years, not a couple of weeks. But there are those who think it can happen within the next 10 years.
There's plenty of pics and info about it on the net, but a concise summary is here.
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