Thursday, October 31, 2013
This accident was too old to be included in the book Danger Ahead: New Zealand Railway Accidents in the Modern Era. The unresearched details: on 4 June 1927 the southbound (11.25 am) Express number 145 derailed just north of the Timaru station adjacent to the foot of Strathallan St. No-one was seriously injured but the entire crew were severely shaken. Engine Ab 719, driver Dick Stoke.
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Seen in September 1954 with "Buy war bonds" still on the side. This interurban system lasted 1896 to 1962 but in the last 6 years it was freight only, operated as a diesel powered shortline. It's clear this boxcab car wasn't used for passengers at any time. A pic of a similar unit now preserved in St Louis is here
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En route to Sydney. Hamilton is basically a suburb of Newcastle. For lots more, see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand. (Geoff Churchman pic)
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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No date. There was a nickel smelter at Sankt Egidien in DDR days; narrow gauge trains were commonly used in mining because they enabled tighter curves than standard gauge.
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The station, the terminus of the 44 km railway from Métlaoui, was opened in 1907, and this postcard probably dates from not long after. Redeyef's main revenue comes from the mining of phosphate, about 8 million tonnes a year and the world's 5th largest producer. Redeyef also sees a daily passenger train, popular with tourists because it traverse the scenic Gorges de Selja, info and pics here
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This is another transport word which has an interesting etymology. It comes from the French tirer, to pull, and originally referred to iron hoops or thick wires bound to carriage wheels and pulled onto the rim. This is still the case with older railway wheels; basically the tire prevents the need to replace the whole wheel and axle set when worn spots develop - the old tire is removed by heating (steel expands when hot) and pulling it off. The new tire is likewise heated by fire and pulled/hammered on. However, tough monoblock wheels have become increasingly common.
Where the British developed the 'tyre' respelling from isn't clear, it first emerged in the 1900s but wasn't generally accepted until the late 1920s.
Car tires were typically made of solid rubber until the pneumatic tire became the norm. The French word for a tire is pneu from pneumatique.
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|'our dream [is] a Heinkel Tourist'|
The Heinkel Tourist was an upmarket motor scooter made by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke from 1953 to 1965. It was heavier, more comfortable, more stable and more expensive than a Vespa or a Lambretta. It was available with a speedometer, a steering lock, a clock, a luggage carrier, and a spare wheel. Marketing referred to it as "The Rolls-Royce of Scooters" in England and as "The Cadillac of Scooters" by a dealer in Massachusetts. More than 100,000 were sold.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Yesterday's superstorm that hit Europe created some spectacular surfing opportunities, none more so than at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal. Webpage with the story and a 4:20 video (full screen mode recommended!)
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What has long been known as Stewart Dawson's corner. The Grand Hotel in the background was one of the many buildings demolished and replaced in the 1980s. For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital Century.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
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|'Bus terminus' (1973)|
|'Motor dump Pisa I' (1971)|
|'The traveller' (1973)|
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|Seen in January 1968, nearly at the Inter-Island wharf in Wellington harbour at the finish of a daylight voyage from Lyttelton. (Warwick W.G. Pryce photo)|
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
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