Saturday, June 29, 2019
Art by Ellen Coup in 2004, probably a view from Midland Park on Lambton Quay. Wellington City Council sold its bus fleet to British company Stagecoach in 1992 and the Big Reds, as they were known (although by that point most were two tone with white around the window area), were replaced with the white and candy livery. In 2005 local company Infratil bought the NZ operations of Stagecoach. As part of the deal, Infratil had the right to use the "Stagecoach" name and livery for five years from the sale, but only did for about a year. It became GO Wellington in traditional Wellington colours of yellow and black. From July 2018, all services in Wellington were operated under the Metlink brand and the GO Wellington brand ceased.
For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.
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The Bermuda Railway was a 21.7-mile (35 km) standard gauge common carrier line that operated from 31 October 1931 to 1 May 1948. It provided frequent passenger and freight service over its length spanning most of the archipelago of Bermuda from St. George's in the east to Somerset, Sandys Parish, in the west.
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Obviously, this is a heritage loco, with the heritage Swanage Railway, and this scene has been set up to look Victorian period authentic.
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Friday, June 28, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The ownership and name change occurred in 1910.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Sunday, June 23, 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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