Tuesday, January 31, 2012
|Crossing the Cliffs of Dover. The actual weather was reported to be 'turbulent'.|
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A clip from the movie Blow Up (1966) featuring both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on guitar.
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WCC buses mostly had alcoves in the left side with a base bar, while DCC buses had hooks on the front (see earlier posts).
Another photo that was considered for, but not used in the book Wellington Transport Memories.
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|The late 1960s: 4-wheel goods wagons and cranes for lifting their contents into the hold of the Norddeutscher Lloyd ship Bremen|
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|A view of the exterior in the 1960s.|
|The interior (wikimedia)|
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Monday, January 30, 2012
In 2008 the Port of Wellington celebrated the arrival of its new tugboat, the Taiki, built in Vietnam. She replaced the aging Kupe, which was reassigned to the port of New Plymouth. Here the Taiki is shown in a Wallace Trickett oil painting with workmates the Ngahue and Toia alongside.
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You may think that Holland doesn't need bridges except over rivers and canals, however, this former Bergspoor ("hill track") tram line from Beek to Berg en Dal (literally "hill and dale") ran in the area close to Germany. In the second pic there is another track alongside the road in the foreground: this was part of the loop to overcome the height difference in this area. This viaduct was built in 1912 was one of the first reinforced concrete structures in Holland. The tram closed in 1955. Here is a video on the line (Dutch commentary):
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The Somes Island (a.k.a. Matiu) lighthouse is at the south end of the island. This photo on display in the visitor centre shows the little railway worked by cable (thus a funicular) once used to bring supplies up from the beach. It has long been removed.
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Recorded in the 1960s about travelling on the train from Casablanca to Marrakesh in Morocco, a journey which today takes about 3 hours.
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A 10-minute compilation of two films shot during the September 1945 airshow at Freeman Field Base in Indiana with aircraft (mostly American but also some captured enemy aircraft) seen both in the air and on the ground. The Freeman Army Airfield Museum provided the video, here
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|This old colored postcard would make a good art theme|
|Restored to its former glory, a pic from the official website.|
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So here is an appropriate recent book: Historic Auckland and Northland is the third in a series of regional pictorial histories commissioned by David Bateman publishers and like the first two, on Gisborne/Hawkes Bay and Otago, consists of a selection of interesting b/w photos which fill most of the page with captions, plus chapter introductions. These ones are mostly from the Auckland Museum, the large building that dominates the Auckland domain, where the compiler is a curator.
Aimed at a general history audience, the compiler has regarded transport as incidental rather than the main focus, but given its importance it is inevitable that it features in quite a few of the approximately 150 pictures, particularly ships and early road vehicles; and even a train: the second photo above shows the narrow gauge industrial line of the Drury Pottery and Fireclay Works with one of the 400+ private industry steam locomotives that were brought to NZ, about which little has been researched and published.
This isn't in-depth history, rather "flick lit" but the printer in China has done a superb reproduction job (which is usually the case, despite what a few people think) and it has been attractively designed. 160 pages in 260 mm square format, hard cover with jacket, $49 from the transpress nz shop.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Now preserved by the Mainline Steam Trust, "Pacific" type steam locomotive AB 663 is seen at Cromwell station yard in Central Otago in 1958. This area is now under the artificial Lake Dunstan. For hundreds of photos similar to this one, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour. (Stephen Buck).
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Built by J.G. Brill in 1904 for the Portland Railway Company with motors and brakes especially designed for the steep Portland Heights Line, converted to buses in 1950. It is now at the Oregon Electric Railway Museum in Brooks, Oregon.
A heritage operation using replicas of these cars was begun in 1991 in Portland and currently operates along a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) section of Portland's MAX Light Rail system, on the transit mall in downtown Portland, from Union Station to Portland State University.
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A 1950s rhythm and blues instrumental standard which hit number 1 in Billboard Magazine in 1952.
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One of the best known train songs, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was written by Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (words). It was recorded in a big-band/swing style by Glenn Miller and his orchestra and featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade.
The song was recorded on 7 May 1941 for a 78-rpm single on RCA Victor's Bluebird label and became the first to be certified a gold disc on 10 February 1942 for sales of 1,200,000. In 1996 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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This former impressive looking station was located at the intersection of Washington and Norman Streets in Salem, Massachusetts, a town most associated with the witch trials of 1692, despite the town's name which means "peace" in both Hebrew (shalom) and Arabic (salaam).
Understandably, with the growth of road traffic, this street railway was later sunk underneath the streets in tunnel and the present day station is found at the north end of Washington Street beyond the tunnel.
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In the recent snail-mail was a brochure for the Rocky Mountaineer trains operating out of Vancouver (including services to/from Seattle, Washington) designed to treat tourists to "rail cruises" on different routes through western Canada's sumptuous mountain scenery, as shown on the route map. Very tempting... Rocky Mountaineer website
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|A TGV-POS set from the time of their deployment on French-Swiss services in February 2011. (CFF pic)|
After the opening of the TGV Est in June 2007, Lyria service between Paris and Zurich began using the newly-constructed line instead of the previous route, passing through Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse, and Basel. Consequently, service from Paris has run from the Gare de l'Est instead of Gare de Lyon.
In February 2011, service improvements were announced, with a fleet of 19 latest generation TGV POS (the POS standing for Paris-Ostfrankreich-Suddeutschland) trains giving increased frequencies.
Since 12 December 2010, travel time on the Paris–Geneva line has improved with the reconstruction of the Haut-Bugey line, which connects Bourg-en-Bresse and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Until then, only the western part of the line was open (up to Oyonnax), and the project has restored the entire length of the line. Travel time between Paris and Geneva reduced by 30 minutes, to 3 hours and 5 minutes, and track capacity was also increased, allowing nine trains each way per day instead of the usual seven.
With the completion of the LGV Rhin-Rhône this year, travel time between Paris and Basel/Zurich will be reduced by 30 minutes. The departure station in Paris will be changed back to the Gare de Lyon instead of the Gare de l'Est.
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