Friday, September 29, 2017
The regular passenger train from Napier to Wellington ceased in 2001. The train may, however, be the only way of experiencing the gorge as recently, following yet another large slip closing the road, the government announced it is investigating alternative routes to this section of the State Highway.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Just before the closure of the old Incline route. The locos were never turned and went up and down the incline facing the same way.
For lots more, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour.
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From the New Zealand Motor Journal of 25 November 1930; presumably it was included because it was new. The roll-up canvas for the rear windows indicates they weren't glazed. The standard NZED schoolbus livery in later years was red (lower) and cream (upper) so that may have been the case here.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Crossing the rail bridge over the Neckar River. In DB service this prolific series was denoted class 38. The second car behind the boxcar may be for parcels. See earlier posts.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
As those who have our books know, this ferry from 1962 caused a revolution in inter-island freight transport.
This postcard is from the 1970s, obvious from the 'lazy z' NZR logo which appeared in the early part of that decade. There is also another visual clue which those who have our books know.
For lots more, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Vic Young and the forthcoming book All at Sea by Emmanuel Makarios.
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The meeting, on the sidelines of the UN, lasted for 90 minutes and was the first time they have met publicly although they met in secret twice last year. Al Sisi wants a solution to the decades old Palestinian issue and general Arab recognition of Israel. Story
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A total of 50 of these two-car (one powered plus an unpowered trailer) were built by Fiat between 1952 and 1956. Info
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Monday, September 18, 2017
This was a ship of the (NZ-owned) Union Steam Ship Company, whose trans-Tasman passenger services, like those of the Australian-owned Huddart Parker Line, succumbed to competition from the airlines in the early 1960s.
For lots more, see our maritime books, in particular the forthcoming All at Sea.
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