Tuesday, November 20, 2018
A photo by Mark Cole of the Taihape, NZ, railyard in 1977 with a couple of then relatively new Dx class in their original yellow and orange livery in the centre-right.
Several changes have happened in the meantime.
This pic was intended for a now abandoned guidebook on the North Island Main Trunk, but there are other NZ railway books available.
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Monday, November 19, 2018
Only 345 Swedish Kronor ($US 38) for a package price? Well, it's a pamphlet from 1986 in our collection, so adjustments for inflation are needed. The 14 day Inlandsbanan card now costs SEK 2,000 or $US 224.
The Inlandsbanan runs 1,363 km up the centre of Sweden from Kristinehamn to Gallivare (also a station on the Malmbanan -- see earlier) and needs two full days of travel, involving an overnight stop at Ostersund. In 1986 it was run by the SJ (state railway) but seems to be privately operated now.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Walter Armiger Bowring, and now in NZ's National Collection of War Art.
For lots more on this and many other WW1 ships, see the book Voyage to Gallipoli
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No other info. It could be either a 2-8-0 or 2-8-2 but it's too indistinct to be sure. A list of Hejaz railway locos is on this page
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Friday, November 16, 2018
Between Opaki and Mauriceville on its way from Wellington to Palmerston North. For lots more, see our books. (NZR photo)
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
In NZR Road Services use.
According to the Ferrymead Heritage Bus Group:-
"Charles Tilt established the Diamond T Motor Car Company in Chicago in 1905, building small custom made cars for the first 6 years. In 1911 by request, the Company focused on commercial vehicles with great success. In the 1920's and 30's, Tilt began streamlining his trucks and used a faster 6 cylinder engine, and added air cushioned pneumatic tyres. The engine he used (in 1939) was a Hercules inline 6 cylinder diesel with a 3.5 inch bore and 4.25 inch stroke (4 litre). Later he fitted 6 cylinder Perkins diesels. The carrying capacity was 1.5 tons or 4,250 lbs.
"The 1930's saw the introduction of more sophisticated trucks into Australia and New Zealand, with a larger carrying capacity and average speeds of 20 miles per hour. Diamond T was reliable for climbing steep grades like we have in New Zealand country roads, while fully laden. Diamond T truck chassis were imported and used for building buses, though the chassis' needed to be extended for this. Work done by skilled coachbuilders like Crawley Ridley, Eaddy & Taylor, DSC & Cousins, and Cavanagh. Diamond T Service Cars and Buses were operated by Birkenhead Transport, Edwards Motors of Auckland, Dalbeth Motors, Howick Bus Company and many small operators.
"In 1967, Diamond T became Diamond Reo after the Company was taken over by REO. Later they combined with the White truck conglomerate."
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Sunday, November 11, 2018
The armistice that brought WW1 to an end happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. At least 16 million soldiers and civilians had been killed and many more severely wounded.
Ever since 1918, 11 November has been known as Armistice Day in the U.K. and Veterans Day in the U.S.
It's good that a century later the awful period that was WW1 is commemorated and Australia & NZ are part of that. In fact the size of the commemorations get bigger every year.
The reality of the war for soldiers and their families half a world away became clear with the ill-conceived Gallipoli campaign of 1915 in what is now Turkey, and the veterans remembrance day in Australia & NZ ever since has been 25 April -- ANZAC Day.
We marked the centenary of A/NZ involvement in WW1 with the book Voyage to Gallipoli which also covers other troopships used elsewhere in WW1, and we intend to keep it in print for some time yet.
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Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Transportation, Amr Shaat, has announced that the ministry is working towards building a monorail in Egypt for the first time. Shaat said that a joint committee has been formed by the ministries of transportation and housing to initiate bidding on the project.
The project is meant to link the cities of 6th of October and Sheikh Zayed with the capacity to transport 1 million commuters daily. According to the State Information Service, the monorail travels on a concrete bridge, and its first phase extends 35 km, and it can cross that distance in 35 minutes. The line will also have 10 stops between both cities.
According to El Watan, the Minister also announced planning for another monorail in the New Administrative Capital, which extends 52 km. Both projects are said to cost EGP 18 Billion. They will also link both suburbs to Cairo's metro network through its third phase.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Muslim from Somalia, who had his passport cancelled 3 years ago because he tried to join ISIS in Syria and whose brother plotted an attack in Melbourne's Federation Square, also tried to kill lots more by blowing up gas bottles in the pick-up. Police tried to subdue him and then shot him.
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Friday, November 9, 2018
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"Trains including the Crusader ran on Reading Railroad tracks from Reading Terminal in Philadelphia to Bound Brook, NJ, where they continued on CNJ tracks to Communipaw Terminal in Jersey City. Passengers then left the train and walked aboard the ferry or boarded busses that loaded onto the ferry. Introduced in 1937, the Crusader service declined during the 1960s. The southern part of the route was cut in 1981, followed by the northern part in 1982."
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