Saturday, September 14, 2019

the car that someone used to draw in elementary school?

traditional vessels in Karachi, India, now Pakistan, circa 1920

San Diego PCC car, late 1940s

Travelling east on Broadway between 12th and 13th. The Ford Dealership building on the right was demolished by the Salvation Army circa 1910. (San Diego Metropolitan Transit System pic)

L.A. traffic circa 1960

San Diego Electric Railway streetcar, California

"The SDERy was established by 'sugar heir,' developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels in 1892. The railroad's original network consisted of five routes: the Fifth Street and Logan Heights Lines; the First and "D" Streets Lines; the Depot Line; the Ferry Line; and the 'K' Street Shuttle. The company would establish additional operating divisions as traffic demands led to the formation of new lines. The company also engaged in limited freight handling primarily as an interchange with Spreckels' San Diego and Arizona Railway (SD&A) from 1923 to 1929.

"At its peak, the SDERy's routes would operate throughout the greater San Diego area over some 165 miles (266 km) of track. Steadily declining ridership, due in large part to the phenomenal rise in popularity of the automobile, ultimately led the company to discontinue all streetcar service in favor of bus routes in 1949. Some see this as related to the National City Lines's General Motors streetcar conspiracy controversy, as the SDERy's president had been with NCL previously."

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Egyptian Government to replace tuktuks with minivans running on natural gas

The news was announced through Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly who instructed the current government to start the ambitious programme, as per Al Ahram.

It is expected that the Ministry of Finance, headed by Mohamed Maait, will fund the project which aims to not only provide job opportunities, but also clear Egyptian streets from reputed ‘unlicensed’ and ‘unsafe’ tuk-tuks.
Tuk-tuks, also known as auto rickshaws, are a common mean of urban transportation in various countries such as Nigeria, China and South Africa among others.

The inexpensive mean of commuting penetrated the Egyptian market in 2006 until its growing number reached more than three million in 2018.

They prove to be particularly popular in heavily dense residential areas with little alleys and streets as well as areas that are lacking the underground [subway] or public bus system.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

cars in L.A., 1970

construction of the Alexandria Metro, Egypt, to start in October

More than 20 years since the idea first arose, the underground ‘metro’ system in Alexandria will begin construction by October says Abdul Aziz Qansua, Governor of Alexandria.

The news, stated by the governor himself at conference organized by the Alexandria Regional Center for Women’s Health and Development, also revealed that the estimated cost of the project could reach US$ 1.5 billion.

The governor highlighted that the final designs of the project have been finalized and reviewed which was an important step prior to the signing of contracts to lay the foundation stone of the project’s construction.

Set to be executed by a Chinese company, the underground system is a new and anticipated mean of transportation in Egypt’s second largest city.

It is expected to run from the city’s innermost eastern point at Abu Qir to Borg Al Arab in the west, passing by the city’s most important and populated stations, with a holding capacity of 10,000 to 15,000 passengers per hour.

The city already has an existing tram system, and runs microbuses and buses as well.

Providing additional infrastructural support, the metro project aims to reduce traffic congestion in the streets of Alexandria which is said to have been worsening in the last years.

'forget smartphones, I like reading real books'

1959 Facel Vega Sport Coupe

Original promo pic.

unusual method of transporting a table

There's probably someone in front of this guy at the controls, but you can't help wondering about how safe it is.

Monday, September 2, 2019

FEVE railcar fuego

Readers of our books will know that the NZR Fiat railcars were known for occasionally catching fire, so here's a little incident in the Galicia region of Spain that recalls the scenario.

From this webpage: The train that left Ferrol at 8.20 am bound for Oviedo suffered a fire shortly before nine in the morning, and stopped at Labacengos, in Moeche. The two travelers in the affected car exited without problems.

The first to arrive were workers from the Moeche City Council, who used fire extinguishers to put out the fire, until firefighters arrived.

The event forced a cut in train circulation for more than four hours, until 13:15, when the burning machine was transferred to the station of Cerdido. It affected seven services and users were transferred by road. Around two in the afternoon train circulation was restored.

ERF B Series truck art

Probably a late 1970s model, a painting by Alan Spillett and likely commissioned by the firm. Although in Danish ownership, the truck is clearly being driven on a British Road.

derelict Russian steam locomotives

A line of rusting examples in Siberia. (