Monday, May 21, 2018

1960 Studebaker Lark 4-door

"Wooo, I want to do donuts in that"
"Honey, I think you've drunk too much brandy"

Dole plantation train, Oahu, Hawaii

This is a diesel powered loco for the 2-mile long circuit of the Dole plantation, but intended to look like a steamer. "The Lady Liberty arrived in the islands in 2003 and was designed as a replica of a Mason Bogey 0-4-4T, originally manufactured by Mason Machine Works in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1883. This particular model was popular in the early 1900’s due to its ability to run on 3′ gauge tracks [the Dole line is 2' gauge] on hills and over sharp curves. They were used all over the United States in mining, logging and short-line passenger service." (Geoff Churchman pic)

Friday, May 18, 2018

'I want a wall of books'

Renfe class 272

Locomotive 7202 pulls an express train at Tolosa Station in the 1950s.
A 2-Co-Co-2 type of which 12 were built in 1928 by Babcock & Wilcox with electrical equipment by Brown Boveri for the Norte company's 1500 Volt DC lines. Output was 2760 hp.

Originally, the Norte railway designated the class as 7200, later RENFE numbered it as 272 and replaced the original blue livery with the green of the state-owned company. They were called "crocodile" because of their shape which had space for two free axles on each end to reduce the weight per axle. Units of this series are preserved in the Museu del Ferrocarril de Vilanova

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Renfe 591 class railbuses, Spain

If these ferrobus look like the Uerdinger Schienenbusse of the West German Federal Railways (the DB) of the 1950s, there is a good reason for that: they were designed, and some built in the same factory.