Monday, October 25, 2010

Tintin voyage par le train

This cover of the Belgian hebdomadaire or weekly from 1946 shows a Belgian "Mikado" type steam locomotive, the name given to locomotives with a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement, only one of which was ever used in New Zealand - a locomotive ordered in 1901 from Baldwin by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR) which lasted till 1927.

The mother asks the driver to "be nice... don't go too fast as it is the first time Louis is travelling by rail". It would be easy nowadays to find people in New Zealand who have never travelled by train, but much more difficult in Europe!

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