Monday, October 22, 2018

Missouri Pacific's Colorado Eagle'

This was one of MoPac's 'Eagle' trains; this one ran from St Louis to Denver, Colorado, seen here near Colorado Springs.

'Kingston Flyer and friends'

...On the Fairlight Flats."  The risky manoeuvre depicted seems to show a 1927 Bentley and a Tiger Moth sharing the setting with the train.

The caption states it was commissioned during the restoration of 1982, presumably by NZR.  Artist details not stated, but the signature looks like Peter Beadle.  For more, see our books.

L.A. Metro to Crenshaw train art

"The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will extend from the existing Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County."

It is planned to be operational late next year and will be a welcome addition to the network for not only Angelinos but visitors!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mainland Muscle Car Festival

For those who will be in NZ's South Island (parochially called the Mainland!) next weekend.

trams and a suburban train in Eberswalder Strasse, Berlin, 1920

Meister motorcycles, Bielefeld, Germany

A brochure cover from 1957.  This firm seems to have lasted from 1921 to circa 1975. 

More info

Marrawah Tramway 0-6-0 saddle tank, circa 1930

The Marrawah Tramway was a 28 mile (45.1 km) cape gauge (3'6") forestry railway near the town of Marrawah in the northwest corner of Tasmania. It was bought by the state government in October 1913 and the rails extended to Marrawah. It was decommissioned in 1961.


tram in Malmo, Sweden, 1909

See earlier posts.

'don't worry, I hugged it first'

First class carriage of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, 1838

Although it looks basic to us, it was a big improvement on the alternatives at the time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Refrigerated cargo ship 'Port Sydney'

That sky color may not be real but it looks nice. :-)  

In seafarer parlance these ships were usually called 'reefers'. This one was completed for the Port Line in 1955 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Wallsend.

In 1975 the ship was converted to a cruise liner of 15,833 grt. She lasted until broken up in 2014.

Original specifications:

Tonnage: 10,166 grt
Length: 532.9 ft (162 metres)
Beam: 70.3 ft (2 metres)
Engines: 2 oil engines, Doxford type, 2SCSA, 6 cylinder (670 x 2320 mm), 13,200 bhp
Propulsion: 2 screws

steam train at the highest point of the Schwarzwaldbahn, Germany, 1910s

According to this webpage, the highest point is at Sommerau at 832 metres (2,730 ft) above sea level.  See the map below, on which Sommerau is near the bottom.

book reader in a subway car art

Although it looks decidedly domestic. By Sally Storch (1952-)

More info and examples

MV 'Akdeniz'

A Turkish passenger ship built in 1955 that served on both ferry and cruise voyages for the Turkish Maritime Lines until she became a student accommodation and training ship in Tuzla for the Maritime Technology branch of the Istanbul Technical University. She was scrapped in Aliağa, 2016.

Length: 474 ft (145 metres)
Beam: 61 ft (19 metres)
Tonnage: 8809
Crew: 158

'that uniform is skimpier than mine'

A showgirl and an SAS hostess, January 1959.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood V8

Zurich's 'Goldtimer' trams

This Schnellaufer was one of two Be 2/2 trams used for sightseeing trips in the 1970s-1980s. Built around 1928, the original sharp lines were later smoothed a bit and numbers 1016 and 1018 were given this auric treatment. We don't know whether they are still used.

long before "The Italian Job" (1969) there was this real finely balanced vehicle situation

"On 17 October 1884, the railroad bridge over the Little Miami River at Batavia, Ohio, collapsed under the weight of a train.
"The engine, baggage car and first coach fell fifty feet [17 metres] into the river.

"The last coach was very lucky."

sailboat by the Luxor berth on the Nile, Egypt, 1960s

It won't have been suitable for long distance tourist trips.. On the left is a VW Transporter van.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ford Anglia art

"Angle Box Pit Stop" by David Owen.  For more, see our books.

Bradford, England, trolleybuses 1970, 1971 and 1972 - including the last day

Lots of cars from that era, too!  Silent.

1997 Nissan Rasheen


Finnish Dm6 and Dm7 diesel multiple units

A 4-car set seen in 1965. These Lättähattu (flat hat) type railbuses date from the 1950s and have a close resemblance to the equivalents used in Sweden.

Number built: Dm6 - 15, Dm7 - 197
Builder: Valmet, 1954-1963
Road numbers: 4000 - 4014 for Dm6, 4020 - 4216 for Dm7
Maximum allowed speed: 115 km/h (71 mph)
Capacity: 64 seats in second class passenger car
Transmission: Valmet 815 D, diesel-hydraulic, 130 kW (174 hp)
Axle arrangement: 1A-A1

Friday, October 12, 2018

balloonist election poster, Paris, 1898

Georges Besancon, aeronautical engineer.  Being 5 years before the Wright Brothers' historic flight, it simply consisted of flying balloons.

low cost SUV

Seen in Ballyfermot, Ireland

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School”

"Hot Road Race" (1976) by Robert Williams
1959 Cadillac with an arty paint job
This is an exhibition of art cars and art about cars, recently opened at the Petersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire in Los Angeles.