Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The ownership and name change occurred in 1910.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
"The LRC (a bilingual acronym: in English: Light, Rapid, Comfortable; in French: Léger, Rapide, et Confortable) was a series of lightweight diesel-powered passenger trains that were used on short- to medium-distance inter-city service in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It originally consisted of both locomotives and passenger carriages designed to work together, though the two can be (and now are) used separately.
"LRC was designed to run with locomotives, or power cars, at both ends and provide 125 mph (201 km/h) service on non-upgraded railway routes. To accomplish this, the LRC passenger cars feature active-tilt technology to reduce the forces on the passengers when a train travels at high speeds around a curve in the railway tracks. LRCs have reached speeds as high as 130 mph (210 km/h) on test runs.
"On its only regular service route, on the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, wear concerns, signalling issues and conflicts with slower moving freight trains limit this to 100 mph (160 km/h) or less. For service at these speeds, a single power car was used. Special signage allowed the LRC to run at higher speeds than normal traffic across a great portion of the Corridor when the tilt system was enabled.
"Although the last LRC locomotive was removed from service on 12 December 2001, the passenger cars are still in widespread use and form the backbone of Via Rail's services, albeit with the tilt system disabled. The same basic car forms the basis of the Acela Express in the U.S."
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A still from the movie Vanishing Point (1971) when Kowalski meets up with a nude girl riding it through the desert in the Southwest. According to the director's commentary on the DVD (remember those?) the girl had her 'parts' rather scalded by the hot seat in the sun.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
"Patrick Whitehouse bought Kolhapur as a wreck and it was restored at the Tyseley Railway Museum in Birmingham, which he founded. Kolaphur was one of the few locomotives which were powerful enough to take a passenger train up the Lickey Incline without needing assistance from a banking engine [although there is clearly one depicted here].
"'The Lickey Incline' was painted on site and from a photograph taken by Patrick Whitehouse. The two children depicted in the lower left corner are Whitehouse’s son and daughter.
This picture also featured on the 1974 Hornby model railway catalog.
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Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Customers will recognise this scene from the first edition of the book The Otago Central Railway: a tribute by Tony Hurst from 1990. (Derek Cross/NZR pic)
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Saturday, June 15, 2019
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Although it requires a little scrutinizing to see it with a train on the south side of a bridge. In the right upper background is Lake Wairarapa although that too requires examination,
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Of the once 4,000 or so Drive-In cinemas in America, only about 350 remain today. (Monetta promo pic)