Monday, April 30, 2018
This will be a 1940s pic as the 'bullet nose' streamlining didn't last into the 1950s. For more, see our books.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Friday, April 27, 2018
This painting of Galgate Station by night, showing the platform and a train approaching from the left. It was painted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of local railways in Lancaster. Galgate was one of six stations on the original line from Preston to Lancaster and opened in 1840, but closed due to failing demand in 1939. The station buildings were later demolished. (Source)
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Canada gets the rough end of multiculturalism again -- 10 dead, 15 injured in a van attack in Toronto
Unfortunately, like the consequences of 9/11, everyone suffers as big cities increasingly install ugly bollards on main pedestrian areas to prevent this sort of thing.
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Monday, April 23, 2018
The Trans-Canada Highway came through the pass in the 1960s.The tunnel under Cathedral mountain is 3,255 feet [992 metres] long with a turn of 291 degrees, and the one under Mount Ogden turns through 217 degrees over 2,992 feet [912 metres]. The ruling grade is 2.2%. The tunnels were completed in August 1909, and replaced the route up the "Big Hill", which had a 4.5% grade. There is/was a lookout just off the Trans-Canada Highway from which you could observe both portals of the tunnel. Passengers can ride this route, at least in the summer, on Great Canadian Railtours' Rocky Mountaineer train from Calgary to Vancouver.
When the tunnels had been bored, they were off on one tunnel by 18 inches when the two ends connected, and 6 inches on the other. (via Britannica Online)
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
As in many other places, trams disappeared decades ago but they seem set for a return here, according to this article.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
For UK Prime Minister Theresa May it's clearly an obsession on her part to "blame and punish the Russians at every opportunity, regardless of the truth". The rebel-aligned "White Helmets" who made the claim are known to be a highly dubious bunch.
"Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.
"Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack."
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
A total 769 units of the SW1200 Bo-Bo type switcher were built by EMD, and 287 were produced by the associate of EMD in Canada, General Motors Canada, between 1954 and 1966. The RS denoted large front and rear (on some units) numberboard housings, EMD Flexicoil B-B trucks, and larger fuel tanks for road-switcher service. Of the 297, the majority, 208, went to Canadian National.
The prime mover was a V12 567C diesel engine with a 1200 hp output.
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Seen near Coteau, Quebec.
"The SD70M-2 is the SD70ACe's DC-traction counter-part. Like the SD70ACe, the locomotive was rated at 4,300 hp. NS ordered all of their SD70M-2's at 4,000 hp. Norfolk Southern (NS), Florida East Coast (FEC), and Canadian National (CN) were the only customers to purchase this locomotive new.
"CN has the most SD70M-2's of any railroad, at 190 units."
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It's not recorded what this train was, but the cars weren't for Main Trunk expresses, nor why a De diesel rather than an Ew or Ed electric was hauling it as far as the then end of the wires in Paekakariki.
The alignment and the single track were later replaced with straight double track along the shore of the Porirua Harbour, and several years later the same was done with the road.
For more see our books. (Derek Cross pic)
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