Thursday, December 5, 2019

NZR Ab with a northbound passenger train on the Christchurch-Picton line, 1965

North of Wharanui in the area that was (and probably still is) known as the Blue Slip. The railway and road along the whole coast needed major works following the Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016. Scanned from an old calendar, original credited to B. Hutton.  For lots more like this, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour

1960 (Chrysler) Imperial LeBaron ad

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

RIP Emmanuel Makarios, 1957-2019

Maritime author Emmanuel "Manny" Makarios died at 4 pm Wellington time today. He was the author of six maritime books, five of them published by us. 

We first made his acquaintance in 1994 when he was working on the first volume of the Nets, Lines and Pots trilogy on commercial fishermen and their vessels when he was at the Wellington Maritime Museum, now replaced by the Wellington Museum. 

From 2000 to 2008 he managed the Wellington Cable Car Museum and since then worked at the Beacon Hill signal station. He was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2017. 

He last book All at Sea: stories of New Zealand seafarers was published in December 2017.

Coming just 8 months after Gavin McLean, it's another huge loss. They were both the same age.

Western Pacific locomotives in the Feather River Canyon, California

A steamer in a colorized b/w photo postcard from the early 20th century, and a lash-up of F7s in the 1960s.

Monday, December 2, 2019

1960 Chevrolet Impala in the American Southwest

No other information, possibly a promo photo.

Budd RDC as a Trinity Railway Express train in Irving, Texas, 1998

Named after the Trinity River, which flows between Fort Worth and Dallas, the 34-mile (55 km), 10 station TRE was launched on 30 December 1996, shortly after the inaugural service the Dallas DART Light Rail system, operating from Union Station to the South Irving Station. It runs along a former Rock Island line that the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth purchased in 1983 for $34 million.

On 18 September 2000, the line was extended to the Richland Hills Station and, for the first time, there was rail service available between downtown Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport. On 13 November 2000, the West Irving Station also opened. On 3 December 2001, the TRE was extended to its current terminus at the Texas and Pacific Station in downtown Fort Worth.

early 1950s Jaguar Mark VII promo poster

Most likely the first year of the Mark VII, 1951.

Santa Special on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, England

This is a 5.5 mile preserved line, info on its steam locomotives here

Photo by Roger J. Millward from the Facebook page

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Deutsche Bundesbahn VT08 diesel multiple unit, West Germany

This is a still from the movie Das Wunder von Bern right at the end, based on Germany's win in the 1954 World Cup for soccer, but as experienced through the eyes of a young fan whose father has recently returned from a Russian Prisoner of War camp (following Stalin's death in 1953) and it provides a good insight into West German life at that time.

Info on the VT 08

1971 Mazda Cosmo

'A smartphone? Nah, I like real books'

Birmingham, England, former electric garbage truck

Built in 1938 for the Birmingham City Council (who by not stated), used until 1972, now a museum item. (Source)

cars in Main Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1960s

Significantly busier than we remember it last year.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

UP hopper train in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

With an SD40-2 on the point.  The 4th unit could be a DD35.

cars in Wellington's Civic Square, 1970s

The whole area was given a big makeover in the late 1980s and the lawn terraces in the left and centre are now occupied by a curved council building and the library was built in the area on the right.

For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital century

old Wellington street scene

Displayed in a shop in Tory Street without a caption, but that is probably the street shown, unrecognizable today. What is the car?

fishing vessel on the Bosporus Strait, Turkey, 1965

No other info.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Naumburg tram in DDR days, Germany

A metre gauge system of only 2.9 km in length. Steam trams began on 15 September 1892 and the line was electrified in 1907. This car of the 'Lindner' type with 24 seating places dates from 1928 and was renovated from 1989 to 2016. Website