Sunday, June 30, 2013
Gross weight is 11.3 tons, tare weight is 7.8 tons, a 5.4 litre diesel engine. After bus use it was later used as a motor caravan.
According to Wallace Trickett: "One of my first school runs with Blue Bus Services (I was both mechanic and driver) at Masterton in 1981 was to Mauriceville about 35 km to the north east. I was given instructions and basically told the school children would let me know the stops etc. It was a very hot afternoon. Note the sliding windows in the bodywork same as in the photo.
So all the windows were open, I dropped the last child off and was returning to the depot on a narrow country lane when a milk tanker approached from the opposite direction. I pulled in as far as I could, but small rear vision mirrors were set to watch duals and skirt so could not see the top of the bodyside.
I heard a bit of scraping going on as I brushed against some foliage. I carried on into town and parked up at the pumps: as I was getting out of my seat, the manager appeared and scratching his head looked at the left hand side of the bus.
There protruding out from a window about seven rows back was a tree branch about 9 feet long complete with small branch off shoots. I had driven about 25 km like that and fortunately it being empty had not impaled a child sitting in the seat!"
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This system began in 1901, reached a maximum length of 18.5 km (11.5 miles) in 1940 and closed in 1958.
At the time this was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and interestingly in the second postcard the German names (Laibach, Marienplatz) have been obliterated by overprinting, presumably nationalist sentiment after WW1. Despite this, most Slovenians still speak German as a second language.
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Providing transport along the Brisbane River is a fleet of 19 CityCats and 9 CityFerries operated by the Brisbane City Council. There are 24 terminals stretching from The University of Queensland at St Lucia to Northshore Hamilton.
The bridge in the foreground is for pedestrians. (Geoff Churchman pic)
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
On 29 June 1925 Santa Barbara, California, was wrecked by a magnitude 6.8 Richter scale earthquake which struck at 6:42 am. Because of the time of day, casualties were surprisingly low. The worst damage was in the central commercial area.
Like Napier 6 years later, the rebuilding turned out to be a boon to the city with most rebuilding being in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style and today it is one of America's most attractive cities. Hopefully this will prove to be the case with Christchurch NZ also.
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It's hard to believe now, but before 1979 women in Iran could dress as they pleased.
This is from Before The Chador dedicated to the period when the land of the former Persian Empire was a worldwide business and pleasure destination; before the government told people how to dress, before home became prison, before fear became part of life.
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A circa 1940 postcard showing a Los Angeles streetcar with the 32 floor City Hall from 1928 in the background. This is 138 metres (453 ft) high and despite a few much taller buildings that have been constructed in recent times, is still the Downtown LA icon.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
With a diesel multiple unit of one of the private franchised passenger operators arriving at the near platform. See earlier post. (Geoff Churchman pic)
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We think this was provided free as long as you bought something at the Farmers Department Store and showed your till receipt when leaving.
A lot of 1940s cars are in evidence - the then government policy of protecting local assemblers only served to make cars expensive and limited the availability of new cars.
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One of the better known peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, the location of the Mount Wilson Observatory, which is named after Benjamin Davis Wilson also known as "Don Benito". Wilson, who was the grandfather of George S. Patton Jr., built a trail, following an established Indian route, which became known as the Mount Wilson Trail
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Like most people we have wallets full of loyalty cards in both NZ and the US, but don't go out of our way to use them. In NZ the Countdown chain calls its card the OneCard and one percent cash back (in fact voucher back) is about what you get - and that would be typical with most such schemes. Would you go out of your way to save one percent? Of course not. You need to factor in your time and extra gas to go to that particular shop when you could go somewhere else closer.
Loyalty cards tell the organisations, particularly the supermarkets, what you like to buy and thus quite a lot about you. Let them know that they have to compete for your custom and that you literally shop around. Fair Go video
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
The first model year of the Ford Laser as a replacement for the Escort and was produced by Mazda in Japan after Ford had taken a 25% stake in Mazda the previous year. It was a restyled version of the Mazda Familia/323 and was sold by Ford in Asia, A/NZ and parts of South America and Africa. It was available as a hatchback and a notchback and came with 1.3 litre or 1.5 litre engines. In 2003 it was replaced by the Ford Focus.
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With a total production of 41 units, the Norske Statsbaner El 11, a Bo-Bo type, were the most common Norwegian electric locomotive and was an important part of the modernization of the NSB and its "get rid of steam" program. The El 11 was really a SBB Re 4/4 I with another body. They were built by NEBB Norsk Elektrisk Brown Boweri og Thune from 1951 to 1961. Locomotives 2145-2150 were a variant denoted El 11b with two front windows. El 11 was a universal locomotive for passenger and freight trains and well suited for Norwegian conditions with very good handling. Three units - 2092, 2098 and 2110 - were rebuilt in 1983-1984 with dynamic brakes and magnetic rail brakes for use on the Flam Railway.
Locomotive weight: 62 tons, output: 2280 hp, starting tractive effort: 140 kN; driving wheel diameter: 1.06 metre. Length: 14.45 metres. Top speed: 105 km/h.
HO scale model from nmj.no
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
In a remarkable change of mind from Steven Joyce's infamous attack in May 2011 on the proposal to build a rail loop underneath the centre of Auckland like those which exist in Sydney and Melbourne, the NZ Prime Minister confirmed today the Government will pay half of the $2.86 billion estimated cost of Auckland's City Rail Link, with the city's council to pay the rest.
The rail link will extend the existing rail line underground through Britomart, under Albert, Vincent and Pitt streets, then beneath Karangahape Road and the Central Motorway Junction to Symonds Street before rising to join the western line near Eden Terrace.
The link will double the number of tracks into Britomart allowing twice as many trains to run in and out of the city, and reducing some journeys by more than half.
"Road's just don't provide it, bus just can't do it. Mass transit on rail is a critical part of any growing international city," Auckland Mayor Len Brown said.
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Seen underway from Lourdes to Bratislava, at Anthéor on the French riviera, no date. The BB 22200, built 1976–1986, are dual voltage (1500 V DC and 25 kV 50 Hz AC).
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The first airline in the world to introduce 'pay what you weigh' fares (we're not aware of any others so far) is now fitting all its Britten Norman and Cessna aircraft with a special XL row of seats which have been made 12-14 inches (30-35 cm) wider to provide more stomach room, with more space between the seats. It seems these will be provided to those who weigh more than 280 lbs (127 kg)
Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the airline had also added a special ramp on its planes to allow for easier access for large passengers.
About 80% of the Samoan population is said to be overweight.