Monday, April 22, 2019

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, railyard, early 20th century

Baldwin-built 2-6-0, South Africa

One of two built in 1901 for the Zululand Railway Company as no. 2, then to the Natal Government Railways, there Class I and no. 513. One was scrapped in March 1928 and the second in June 1930.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

the 'Sydney Mail' train at Spring Bluff near Toowoomba, circa 1910

From the look of it, a PB15 4-6-0 in front. In those days the break of gauge meant this consist only made it to the Qld/NSW border at Wallangara where it was 'all change' to the other platform to continue into NSW.  Spring Bluff station still exists and in fact is one of the most beautified in Australia, see here

Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad yard layout

Part of a series of railroad posters produced by EMD to feature its customers in the 1950s.

1931 Chrysler Roadster

1988 Hino Rainbow bus

Registered as having 24 seats, a 6,019 cc diesel engine and a tare weight of 6.72 tonnes.

tug boat 'Porsgrunn'

Seen in 1974 in Norway -- the extent of the info.  The photo was obviously taken close to water level.

a 1969 Dodge Charger RT gets hot

1951 Scania-Vabis series B40 and B60 bus

Saturday, April 20, 2019

1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine

Used by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and now on display at The Henry Ford museum.  It is 259 inches (6.58 metres) long and extras including armor plating and bullet resistant glass increased the weight to 10,440 pounds (4.736 tonnes).


1970 Subaru 360 van

Suitable for little people only?  This owner describes it as 'cute' which is often used in real estate advertising as a synonym for 'very small'. A check of California license plates doesn't reveal this plate as being registered now.

see New South Wales by Alco poster

No date, but likely from the late 1950s after the venerated class 44 diesel-electrics began being introduced. A total of 100 of these were built -- info

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Supermarine Napier S.5 monoplane, late 1920s

"The Supermarine S.5 was a 1920s British single-engined single-seat racing seaplane built by Supermarine. Designed specifically for the Schneider Trophy competition, the S.5 was the progenitor of a line of racing aircraft that ultimately led to the Supermarine Spitfire."

1951 Austin A40 Devon GS3

a Wanganui tram today

Also spelled Whanganui depending on your preference (see earlier post on that). This operates from the tram shed at 27 Taupo Quay on Sunday afternoons between 1 pm and 3 pm. The museum is also open on Saturday afternoons.

Info on the council webpage and more pics on the Organisation's FB page.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

cars outside Notre Dame, Paris, late 1950s

This seems appropriate following the tragedy today.  The cathedral will be rebuilt, but will it take a few years. At least this view isn't changed much except for the spire.

Portland, Oregon, streetcar

At the corner of SW 10th and West Burnside.  The Powell's bookstore opposite occupies a whole block.  All this vehicle needs is a stripe of black and it would qualify for Wellington livery. :-) See the earlier post. (Geoff Churchman pic)

1937 and 1933 Chevrolets

Monday, April 15, 2019

1930 Auburn 125 convertible

the Gravy Train

Not the Ganz Mavag electric multiple unit, but the name of the diner which occupied the Melling Station for a while in the 1990s.

A photo by Mark Cole from February 1994 that was considered for but not used in the book Wellington Transport Memories -- a different photo was used instead.  For more, see that book.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

vehicles at Gee Motors, Napier NZ, 1950s

Including a sign for Plume motor spirit (see earlier posts).  Is that a phone booth by the curb?  The company marks its 80th anniversary this year -- pic from its Facebook page

1955 De Soto Diplomat

Given low rider treatment.

the world's longest stretch limo -- a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado

It holds the Guiness World Record for the longest car -- 100 ft (30.5 metres) -- and has 26 wheels, two engines, and in the back it has its own helipad! "OK, big deal, who doesn’t have a helipad on their car. It has a hot tub which you probably already guessed, but it also has a swimming pool with a diving board. Do any of you have a king-sized waterbed in your car? Did I mention the putting green? It has one of those, too."

If that appeals, it's for sale -- details

Friday, April 12, 2019

the opening of Toko railway station, 1902

Although the same year as the end of the Boer war, this is NZ, not South Africa -- although from the look of those trees you could be excused for thinking it has been a recent war zone. Toko is the first township east of Stratford on the Stratford--Okahukura Line in the Taranaki, a line which was 'mothballed' under the Colossus of Roads, Steven Joyce.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

box cars in Batumi rail freight yard, Georgia, circa 1910

Not the American state but the now separate country south of Russia.

51st Anniversary of the 'Wahine' disaster

Stamps issued by NZ Post last year, For lots more, see our books, particularly Strait Crossing and All at Sea.

news from the 'Lyttelton' tug Preservation Society

We have regained our passenger licence!

Over the last few years, legislation to operate a passenger vessel has changed, so it has meant an overhaul of our safe ship management systems. This is no small job on a 'normal ship' let alone a 112 year old steam ship! Thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers, this has now all been signed off by Maritime NZ.

So where to from here?

Easter is normally the end of our sailing season, so we will head into winter to finish tidying up the tug ready for sailing. In the next few months we will return to dry dock for a clean down of the hull and fresh coat of paint, so we can hit the ground running for the 2019-2020 year. (Sailing season for October-April)

We would like to thank all our supporters for their help over the years, especially to our volunteers who had put in thousands of hours of work in so we would see the old girl back on the water again. This honestly would not of happened without you.

Keep an eye on our page for further updates, fundraisers, ways you can help and special giveaways!

We look forward to having you on all board THIS year!


Naked Girls Reading - Wellington shows

The first is this Saturday night -- details.  Unfortunately, we don't think they'll be reading any of our books. :-(

DIY car rear window

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1961 Studebaker Golden Hawk

Baldwin VO-1000 diesel-electric switcher

A total 548 of this Bo-Bo type were built between 1939 and 1946. The Prime Mover was a De La Vergne 8-VO straight 8, 4-stroke diesel rated at 1,000 hp. This one in NP livery was seen in Seattle circa 1970.

More pics and info