Wednesday, July 31, 2019
With double-header steam, locos not identified. For info on Horseshoe Curve, see this post from 2011. (Charles W. Cushman pic/Indiana University Archives)
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
A good blog for fans of trolleys and electric trains we've stumbled upon is The Trolley Dodger -- link -- which has an impressive number of large format pics taken decades ago, mostly greater Chicago but also some elsewhere.
This one, obviously, was taken on Chicago's "L" Loop with a North Shore Line train on the left and CTA cars in the right background.
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Monday, July 29, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
As Los Angeles officials ponder ways to cut down on traffic in and around Griffith Park, an engineering firm hired by the city is analyzing the pros and cons of installing a gondola or similar aerial transit system that could ferry riders in and out of the park.
The firm, Stantec, announced this week that it’s in the early stages of compiling a study on potential routes for an aerial tram and the costs associated with building one.
City leaders ordered the study last year, after reviewing a list of 29 recommendations from an outside consultant brought in to analyze traffic issues in the communities surrounding the 4,511-acre park.
This isn’t the first time an aerial tramway to the park has been considered. It was part of a draft master plan for the park unveiled in 2005—and later scrapped. A revised plan adopted by the City Council in 2015 called instead for a subway stop near the Los Angeles Zoo—something that now seems unlikely, given Metro’s busy project schedule over the next three decades.
Private developers have lately renewed talks of an aerial transportation system.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019
It is a line that traverses difficult terrain, as demonstrated by the above pic of a tank loco with a merchandise train on then new viaduct taken near Lamativie in the mid 1960s. The track has been neglected in recent times, but this year the three regions through which it passes have co-ordinated to refurbish it and it is due for reopening in the middle of next month, according to this webpage
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Friday, July 26, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
"Limousine comfort"? Hmm.
Obviously quiet, so perhaps during a weekend; that looks like a 1949 Studebaker in the foreground. The wooden building in the left background was replaced with the Beehive in the 1970s.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
"The DDA40X is the most powerful single-unit diesel-electric locomotive ever built, surpassing the ALCO Century 855 built in 1964, which was rated at 5,500 hp (4.10 MW). However, more recent designs, such as the EMD SD90MAC and GE AC6000CW, have come close; both of these locomotives were rated at 6,000 hp (4.47 MW). It is also the third-most-powerful internal-combustion locomotive ever built, exceeded by the Russian Railways GT1 and Union Pacific GTEL gas turbine units. [At 98 ft 5 in (30 metres)] it is the longest single-unit diesel locomotive ever built."
A total of 47 were manufactured between April 1969 and September 1971 of which 13 survive today, including No. 6936 which is still in service with UP.
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The bus on the right (rear view) looks like it has Pacific Electric livery. What is the car on the right?
Makeover plans for Pershing Square (which contains a lot of bricks/concrete) were announced by the City Council 3 years ago, but nothing has happened since.
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Monday, July 22, 2019
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A scene captured by an Evening Post photographer on the Lower Hutt side of the Wainuiomata Hill Road on 10 December 1959 after the Leyland Comet had capsized on the curve visible on a rainy day. The other two are Bedfords. The tow truck was a World War 2 Scammell (now in Richardson's Truck Museum in Invercargill?).
This road has long been four lane, but is still steep and twisty.
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These were built 1934-1957 by SECN (this one WR #360 in 1944) for 1500 Volts DC from overhead. One car of a two car set was powered by four traction motors (one hour rating in total 920 hp, continuous rating 816 hp). Seen at Barcelona-Villanova in 1964. Info and more pics
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