Wednesday, June 26, 2019

1937 Cord 812

Cord was a famous if short-lived marque of the era -- info.

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the Canadian Northern Steamship Co. ship 'Royal George'

This ship was originally built in 1907 as the Heliopolis for the British-owned Egyptian Mail Company. She was 11,146 GRT with a length of 525.8 feet (160.3 metres), a beam of 60.2 feet (18.3 metres), two funnels, two masts, and a triple-screw propulsion that gave a cruising speed of 19 knots (35 km/h).

The ownership and name change occurred in 1910.

1975 LiAZ 677 bus

Globus tour bus brochure art, Lugano, Switzerland, 1964

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

traffic in Herald Square, New York City, early 1950s

JNR KiHa 56 class diesel multiple unit, Japan

The Kiha 56 series Express Diesel Car was launched from 1961 for improved "smokeless" express service in Hokkaido, and was similar to the Kiha 58 series developed at the same time and built from 1961 to 1969 by different manufacturers. The KiHa 56 was designed to increase resistance against extreme cold, and all the saloons had double-glazed side windows with excellent heat retention. Furthermore, the vertical height of the cabin windows was 100 mm less than with the Kiha 58 series.

PKP narrow gauge 0-8-0, Poland

A total of 111 of this Px48 class were built between 1950 and 1955, mainly for 750 mm gauge, some were later rebuilt for metre gauge.   One was bought by a NZ businessman in 1992 and placed on a short section of track in Raratonga in the Cook Islands.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

VIA Rail's LRC trains, early 1980s, Canada

"The LRC (a bilingual acronym: in English: Light, Rapid, Comfortable; in French: L├ęger, 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."

the world's most beautiful bookstores

And we're talking about real books, not e-books. An illustrated list with descriptions is on the Architectural Digest website here

1955 International R120 Travelall

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

circa 1970 Honda motorcycle

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.

Vulcan railcar badge, NZ

An aftermarket item for railfans which we mostly chose not to include in the book New Zealand Railway Memorabilia, although we included a few items that were produced for a general market like glasses, plates and collector cards.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Henley Roadster

'The Lickey Incline' art by Terrence Cuneo

"Patrick Whitehouse, author, railway photographer, steam railway preservationist and joint presenter of BBC TV's 'Railway Roundabout, commissioned 'The Lickey Incline' directly from the artist in the 1960s.

"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.  

Monday, June 17, 2019

cars on Sunset Strip, L.A., 1975

With a 1970 Dodge Challenger muscle car on the left and the famous Whisky a Go Go in the background.  (

Wednesday, June 12, 2019