Sunday, September 30, 2018
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
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A nice display of semaphore signals in the background. See earlier posts and this page.
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Friday, September 28, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The year it was opened. Inauguration took place on 29 July 1934 to the delight of Anneciens and tourists. With an annual record of 69,050 passengers carried in 1948, ridership stabilized between 35,000 and 45,000 journeys in the 1960s. This installation, the 4th in Savoy after the Aiguille du Midi, Brévent and Roche Brune in Megève, transported 25 people at a time over a distance of 1525 metres. It took 7 minutes to ascend the 800 metre vertical change and arrive at the top station which was also a hotel frequented by an upmarket clientele in the golden age.
But with the exorbitant cost of compliance with safety standards, the operation ceased in 1984 after 50 years of operation and in 1988 the facilities were sold for a symbolic 1 Franc in the town of Veyrier. The abandoned building deteriorated rapidly and it took a fatal accident to cause its demolition: in the spring of 1998, a group of friends decided to make a picnic on the platform of the summit with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. During the descent from this platform a 17-year-old girl fell into the well of the passage of cables and disappeared into the cliff to finish its drop 300 metres lower.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
"These locomotives were unique in Australia in having Alco power units in GE Transportation Systems designed bodies, a legacy of the former Alco-GE partnership which was dissolved in 1953. Although their design originated in the United States, only two similar UM20 cab and two booster units were ever built in that country, for the Erie Railroad."
One of them, 4306, "returned to traffic in June 1996 and has since been used extensively on charters in New South Wales as well as interstate to Brisbane and Melbourne"
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
One notes the motor garage in the left foreground. The scene has changed a lot in the meantime, although the treasury building in the right background, now a casino and hotel, is still there.
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Bergslagernas Järnvägar (Railways), but the Xoa5 class had a higher top speed of 135 km/h. The car bodies of the Xoa5 were manufactured by ASJ (AB Svenska Järnvägsverkstäderna) which also made the appearance slightly different. The trains were first used in express services on the main lines. During the 1970s, they were transferred to regional services in the Goteborg area. The last set was withdrawn from service in 1986. Axle arrangement: 2'-Bo '+ 2'-2' + Bo-'2; power output: 1,000 kW.
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Built in 1917 at 11453 Long Beach Boulevard and a stop on the Green Line today, although the I-105 now runs over the top. One notes the 'wigwag' grade crossing warning. More pics
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Monday, September 24, 2018
One of the more more dramatic of the BR posters of the era. By Frank Henry Mason (British, 1875-1965)
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Passenger cars of a suburban train also visible in the right background. These tram tracks gave way to 2 more vehicle lanes. See earlier posts.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018
"March 7, 1941, at the Jack Smith Crossing in Montana, Engine 5108 Challenger crosses the open range heading to Livingston. Mount Livingston can be seen in the background.
"Pictured is the 4-6-6-4 Northern Pacific 5108 Challenger, 14 car Army recruit special for Fort Lewis." A painting by Jim Jordan -- website
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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
At first glance it may look like an abandoned railway portal, but this predates the railway age by quite a long way. The approach gradient would be too steep anyway, at least for a normal adhesion railway. Nevertheless, the whole scene should be inspirational for modelers!
A picture of the Acrocorinth Fortifications, circa 1900.
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