Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Airways New Zealand has lodged a resource consent application with the Wellington City Council to build a new 32-metre-high airport control tower, designed to "lean" into the prevailing northerly wind at an angle of 12.5 degrees.
The nine-storey Rongotai tower is proposed for an industrial area at the southern end of Tirangi Rd, on airport land near Lyall Bay. It would give Wellington Airport's 20 air traffic controllers 360-degree views from the lookout area on the top floor.
The tower is intended to change colour according to the wind direction -- blue for southerly and purple for northerly.
Architect Evzen Novak, of Studio Pacific Architecture, says plans involved solid base isolation foundation features, which would ensure the building was secure in an earthquake and a southerly wind.
The degree of lean would be considerably more than Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, which today is about 4 degrees. Before 1990, when remedial work was done to correct its lean, it was at an angle of about 10 degrees.
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Monday, March 30, 2015
It seems there was left hand running on double track in those days. See earlier post on the Semmeringbahn.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Was this on the tourist trail? Anyway, the factory's steam-hauled freight train would have been worth seeing.
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With the notable bullet nose locomotive streamlining. An expression of prosperity at the time, but today even some Republicans would have disquiet about the amount of factory pollution depicted...
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In 1953 Air Atlas merged with Air Maroc and formed the Compagnie Chérifienne de Transports Aériens or CCTA. In 1957, the CCTA became Royal Air Maroc; the Morcoccan state held 55% of the capital, Air France 30%, Société Air Transport 10% and Aviaco (Spain) 5%.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
During the by-election campaign, the Minister of Motorway Development, Steven Joyce, made a big mistake by cynically promising voters in the constituency, hitherto long held by his party, that millions more taxpayer dollars will be spent on strengthened road bridges in the region so they can carry even bigger trucks.
He clearly didn't appreciate that a great many people are tired of driving on heavily rutted and damaged roads caused by big trucks carrying freight, particularly logs, that could and should be going by rail instead.
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The South Side of Chicago. The locomotive is 5433, a J3a; info here
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For more, see our books.
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Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A total 40 sets were built and had a 2 '(A1A) (A1A)' 2 ' axle arrangement. All were withdrawn by 1964. At least one is preserved, in the Dutch Railway Museum in Utrecht.
|This one happened to be in Rotterdam on 14 May 1940, the day Hitler's Luftwaffe destroyed the city by bombing.|