Sunday, August 18, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

1959 Imperial LeBaron 4-door Silvercrest Landau

"Does this dress show off my figure?"
"No. It looks like a sack for potatoes."

Ural Airlines Airbus A321 crash lands in a field after birds get into jet engines


Moscow — A passenger jet made an emergency landing in a field outside of one of Moscow's airports Thursday after colliding with a flock of birds, injuring dozens of people, Russian officials said. The Ural Airlines A321 carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven hit the birds as it took off Thursday from Moscow's Zhukovsky airport en route for Simferopol, in Crimea.

The airline said in a statement that the birds got into both of the plane's engines, causing them to malfunction. The pilot then made an emergency landing in a cornfield about half a mile from the airport.

Russia's Ministry of Health said 55 people received medical assistance on the scene and 29 were taken to an area hospital, including 10 children and one pregnant woman. Only one woman was kept hospitalized, however, and her condition was assessed as moderate.


It recalls the emergency in New York when the same thing happened to a US Airways flight on 15 January 2009 requiring the plane's pilots to 'land' on the Hudson River -- details

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost


$806 million contract will bring L.A.'s Metro Gold Line to Pomona


Metro’s Gold Line is on its way to Pomona, after the agency tasked with constructing an extension of the light rail line approved an $806 million contract with builder Kiewit-Parsons to add 9 miles [14.5 km] to the existing route.

That’s short of the 12.3-mile [19.8 km] project originally planned, which would have reached Claremont and the San Bernardino County city of Montclair. But construction costs proved higher than anticipated, forcing Metro and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority to break up the project into two parts.

The authority initially proposed temporarily ending the line in La Verne, near the Los Angeles County Fairplex. But last week, San Gabriel Valley leaders unanimously agreed to spend $126 million to close a funding gap for the rail project, allowing the first phase of construction to reach Pomona.

If money becomes available later, local leaders will have the option to tack an additional $381 million onto the value of the contract in order to bring the train to Montclair, as originally planned. They’ll have to act quickly though; that provision expires in two years.

“This is a crucial project for not only our residents in the San Gabriel Valley, but for all of Southern California,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a statement last week.

More than $1 billion in Measure M funding is devoted to the project already, but the construction authority revealed last year that wouldn’t be enough to complete the project originally envisioned.

Right now, the Gold Line runs between East LA and Azusa, though the northern and southern portions of the route will be divided up once Metro’s Regional Connector project wraps up in 2022.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Polish metre-gauge 2-6-2 steam loco


One of 7 of the class -- in PKP service denoted as Tyn6 -- built between 1927 and 1930, this one by Vulcan AG in Stettin.  More info

speed limit 10 km/s


Which is 36,000 km/h (about 22,000 mph).

Saturday, August 10, 2019

an early aviator about to crash into Heliopolis House, Cairo?


In the great postcard era, two things the publishers liked to add with the then equivalent of Photoshop were chintzy sunrises and aircraft flying around.

This one, if real, would be about to crash into the building...  See the earlier posts on Heliopolis trams.

1959 Dodge front


A work of art in both respects.

1958 (Chrysler) Imperial


Friday, August 9, 2019

buses and cars in Athens, Greece, 1965


Described as evening rush hour at Amalias & Syntagma from the roof of Hotel Parliament--Likavitos. (Charles W. Cushman pic via Indiana University Archives)

tram in Tay Street, Invercargill, NZ, pre-WW1


See earlier posts and, of course, our books.

all aboard the steam train to Keswick, England, art


According to the publisher of the picture (as a jigsaw) this is "a scene from the early 1950s at Braithwaite station near Bassenthwaite Lake. The locomotive is a Webb ‘Cauliflower’ 0-6-0 and these venerable engines had been the mainstay of the Penrith-Keswick-Cockermouth line right up to that time. It also recalls a time when rural stations still had floral displays!"

The artist is Stephen Warnes: "Over the years, Stephen Warnes has gained a reputation for producing accessible modern painting. The 'Living North' Fine Art Directory says this about his work:

"The sheer scope of this artist's ouput is quite remarkable! Intricate and fascinating social histories; Surrealist and Expressionist imaginative works; some of Britain's finest railway art; dazzling, light-filled landscapes - even poetry and songwriting! As well as a high level of technical skill, Stephen has an Honours degree in the Theory and History of Art and in recent years has held public exhibitions that have proved genuinely popular with a very wide cross-section of people."

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wairarapa Railcar near Orakei, Auckland, July 1936


A long way from its intended home route between Wellington and Palmerston North over the Rimutaka Incline, but this was being used for an inspection tour by the Minister of Railways and his party. This double track section was part of the 'Westfield Deviation' completed in 1930 to be the Main Trunk alternative to the existing line climbing to Newmarket and Remuera. (Auckland City Library collection)

cars in Wickenburg, Arizona, early 1960s



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

1974 Mercury Cougar XR-7


Plus two more cougars: the woman looks the fiercer...

traffic in Featherston Street, Wellington, 1970


A still from a tourist promotion film of the time.  The Chief Post Office being built in the distance was completed in 1972.  The buildings in the medium background have since been replaced with high rises, blocking the view of the CPO.

For lots more like this, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

1979 Cadillac Eldorado Biaritz


Sunday, August 4, 2019

traffic outside Adelaide station, South Australia, 1949


Not much of it -- a 1935 Chevrolet Master ED is in the foreground.

1974 Mercury Marquis Brougham


cars outside the Thunderbird Motel, Portland, Oregon, early 1960s

Long gone.

"Lucky Aki in The New Stone Age"


The intriguing cover of a children's book that was published about 5 years ago in NZ as part of a series; the interior took the form of a b/w bande dessinée or graphic novel.

Isis will be a reference to the goddess in Egyptian mythology and nothing to do with a certain Muslim group.

'Ye Olde Mill Tavern' with canal boats and a steam train art by Derek Roberts


"Derek Roberts was born in Birkenhead, 1945, and has had a fascination with all things mechanical from a very young age. After training at Birkenhead Art School in the 1960s he was accepted to work as a car stylist with Ford Motor Company. Derek specialises in nostalgic scenes depicting motorsport and vehicles from the 50s and 60s, as well as modern subjects. He also enjoys landscape painting and teaches watercolour to adult groups."

Available commercially as a jigsaw puzzle.

1952 Allard car range ad


Saturday, August 3, 2019

ships in London, England, late 19th century


The extent of the info.

traffic in Riga, Latvia, 1980s


When it was still part of the Soviet Union.  More pics

cars at the Pacific Electric 6th Street Main Station, L.A., 1950


A less usual view from above, maybe by an employee in the building.  Of as much interest are those buses in the parking lot.  See the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society website for lots more.

traffic below the 3rd Avenue elevated railway, New York City, early 1950s


By renowned color photographer Ernst Haas (1921-1986). "Haas was a titan of color photography — he was the first color photographer ever to have a solo show at the NYC Museum of Modern Art — and he was also president of the legendary Magnum photo group.

"Self-taught behind the lens, Haas was born and grew up in Vienna. Just after the Second World War, aged 25, he obtained his first camera, on the black market (in exchange for a very large slab of margarine). In 1950, he arrived in New York, and would live in the city for the rest of his life."

Full piece with more of his NYC photos of that era here

Friday, August 2, 2019

A quick history run-down of Cairo’s demolished Heliopolis Tram




An article on the Egyptian Streets website:

"The tram of Heliopolis, or as many prefer to call it “Tromay”, used to be one of the most important features of the neighborhood. Although it is over a century old, sadly, in recent years, the tramway has suffered from extreme neglect.

Since it was announced last month that the tram will be completely removed from the neighborhood, social media users have been expressing their sadness over what has become of the neighborhood of Heliopolis’s important heritage.

The history of “Tromay Heliopolis” goes back more than 120 years that have witnessed three different lines. In the 1970s, more than half of the tram[way] was removed to accommodate the growing use of cars.

"The only operating lines at the time remained in Heliopolis and Helwan. However, the latter line was shut down in 2011, while the Heliopolis line was largely removed in 2014 after plans to expand the streets and pavements."

Full article (see also our two earlier posts)

cats on car roofs, one not so cute


Pacific Electric blimp near Dominguez Junction, L.A., 1958


Dominguez Junction was two stops south of Compton, but the landscape here is now so industrial that an equivalent view today isn't possible. (Fred Fillers pic/Metro Archive) See the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society website for lots more.