Sunday, May 31, 2015

1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Grand Touring GT

1973 Plymouth Fury

BMW donkey

From a viral e-mail.

Italian steam 741 class in the mountains, 1973

With a passenger train near Dobbiaco/Toblach in the Süd-Tirol.  See earlier post.

1962 Daimler Majestic Major

Canadian National wheat train drawing, circa 1937

A major source of rail freight as it has always been.

1960s Citroen DS advert, UK

Clearly 26.9 miles per gallon was a notable figure at the time, it is not so notable today.  This is imperial gallons: 1 imperial gallon = 4.3 litres, whereas a U.S. gallon = 3.82 litres. DIN is usually a reference to Deutsche Industrie Norm, but that doesn't make sense here.

'those who spend their lives looking at smart-phones are silly'

1994 Chevrolet Corvette

Saturday, May 30, 2015

LKAB train near Riksgränsen, Sweden

A pair of Bombardier built IORE class electrics not far from Riksgränsen, the Sweden/Norway border station on the Malmbane or iron ore railway, see earlier posts.

cars outside the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Rome, Italy, 1960s

road transport for the Great Western Railway, UK, 1931

A fleet of 219 trucks -- oops, lorries -- about to be delivered to the GWR, seen at the Dennis factory in Guildford.

1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass

from a MAZ truck to a MAZZY hot rod, Russia

An old Soviet Minsk Auto Zavod (MAZ) truck is converted into a MAZZY hot rod truck, more pics here

escape to the country art - from East London to West Sussex on the Underground

Another work by Guy Shield.

testing an AEC Regent I double-deck London bus for capsizing resistance, 1933

Info on this type is here

Coca-Cola and Führer Icecream delivery vehicles, India

Well, India is where the swastika came from... More here

And while on the subject...

Probably vanilla only, no chocolate...

1968 Pontiac Firebird

Friday, May 29, 2015

post-WW2 BMW 327 art

At least that's what we think it is meant to be, as created by Mads Berg for a Franks Original cayenne sauce ad.

ships in the Bay of Palermo with Monte Pelligrino, Italy, circa 1900

"Fight for seconds" advert art, Germany, 1933

Racing car graphics, but an advertisement by a printing colors (inks?) manufacturing business.

'No parking or standing' art

One would assume that for car drivers 'No Parking' would be implicit in 'No Standing'.  A girl is painting autumnal foliage on a wall as shadow for the bare tree.  Art credited to Guy Shield, which looks to be set in Sydney.

steam traction in the Sip canal, Yugoslavia, art

Issued in 1981.

'Fiducia' type tram at the terminus of the Karori line, 1947

The clock on the post stayed there for many years afterwards.  For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

Japanese tram graphic postcard, 1908

As can be seen, mailed in Invercargill. The addressee was in Edendale in Southland.

1961 Vauxhall Victor drawing

As produced by Sanitarium on a Weetbix card.  According to the back, the car was a 4-cylinder producing 55 b.h.p., had a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) with a three-speed forward gearbox.

English Ford at war, 1945

The cover of a 96 page booklet that Ford, England, produced at the end of WW2 describing what it produced for the war effort, presumably depicting a line up of vehicles awaiting transport on a train at its Dagenham plant.

more Århus trams, Denmark

As can be seen on the postmark, these lasted from 1904 to 1971, see earlier post.  Today you can only see operating Danish trams in the museum mentioned.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

building rail tracks through the Congo, early 20th century

Or "Great Belgium" as it is referred to here in this Liebig "tomato concentrate" card. Albert Thys arrived there in 1887 and promoted the Matadi-Léopoldville Railway, which was built from 1890 to 1898. He imposed a route by the south, deviating from the Congo river. See earlier posts.

bush tram scene near Dannevirke, early 20th century

Or a logging railroad as they are known in the U.S.  No train in sight, but it looks nice anyway.  For more, see our books.

the World Expo 1988 monorail, Brisbane

See earlier post.

Tjardiis à la IKEA

See earlier post on the Yardis. (from

traffic in Salzburg, Austria, 1955

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ship 'Berlin' (1908)

The Berlin was built in 1908 for Norddeutsche Lloyd, interned in Norway in 1914 and in 1919 handed over to the British as a war reparation. She re-entered service with the White Star Line in 1921 as the Arabic. Between 1925 and 1929 she served with Red Star Line, still under the name Arabic, before reverting briefly to White Star Line service in 1930; the ship was scrapped in 1931.

Tonnage: 16,786 GRT
Length: 613 ft (187 metres)
Beam: 69 ft 8 in (21.23 metres)
Propulsion: Quadruple expansion steam engines, 16,000 ihp (11,931 kW), 2 screws
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Capacity: 3,212 passengers:
266 × 1st class
246 × 2nd class
2,700 × 3rd class
Crew: 410

Soviet railway poster 1924

Someone who can read Russian should be able to tell us what it says.

Japanese 2-8-2

Japanese National Railways 2-8-2 class D52 number 335 seen in 1963 in Kozo. The design of the D52 was based on the D51 which was launched in 1936. A total of 285 D52 locomotives were built over 1943-1946.