Saturday, October 12, 2019

drawing of a 'Penny Farthing' bicycle race, Tivoli, Denmark, 1885

White bus in Devonport, Auckland, 1924

In the fleet of the United Services Motor Company, as the sign along the side states, servicing the Devonport Ferry terminal, Takapuna and Milford.

trams in Courtenay Place, Wellington, circa 1910

The one on the left is bearing a destination of Karori, the one on the right is headed in the direction of Oriental Bay.  For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

cars in Featherston Street, Wellington, mid 1930s

In those days it was two-way.  The car on the left looks like it was a public passenger vehicle as the sign on it says "Masterton-Wellington." The old GPO was demolished about 1972 and the site remained a hole in the ground for over a decade.  For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital century

Soviet electric locomotive art

The cover of a bande dessinée on an adventure on the Trans-Siberian train set in the late 1970s.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

the first stage of the Tokyo subway, Japan, 1927

See the earlier posts.

NSB El 9 class at Myrdal, Norway, circa 1947

This was a class of 3 Bo-Bo type electric locomotives built by Thune for the Norwegian State Railways (NSB), with electrical equipment from Norsk Elektrisk & Brown Boveri (NEBB) and Per Kure. Although ordered in 1944, wartime disruption saw delivery delayed to 1947.

They were used nearly exclusively on the Flåm and Hardanger steep twisting branch lines.  They were withdrawn in the 1980s, two are preserved.


Swiss armed forces mobilization, 1914

Although Switzerland declared neutrality in WW1 and WW2, it couldn't be taken for granted that would be respected.

It may not have been constituted as an air force in 1914, perhaps part of the army.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Alaska Railroad streamliner train from 1947

Number 1050 seen here was an Alco RF1A, built in 1943 (builder #70661) for the U.S. Army.  The Alaska Railroad purchased it in 1947. It was retired and scrapped in 1963. The livery was blue with yellow.


'real books are much better'

metre gauge steam train on the Johor Causeway, Singapore-Malaysia, 1924

The year the 1 km causeway was opened. The photo is from the Malaysian side.


Seward, Alaska, rail and ship terminals before the 1964 earthquake

At the southern-most point of the Alaska Railroad. Following the earthquake these terminals were relocated to the northern area in the background.

Singapore Mass Transit Railway stamps and card

Postage stamps issued in 1988
This standard gauge system began in November 1987 and now totals 200 km with 9 lines (5 in operation, 1 under construction, 2 under development and 1 under planning), excluding the LRT -- a small number of local Light Rail Transit (LRT) networks in the townships of Bukit Panjang, Sengkang, and Punggol that link MRT stations with HDB public housing estates, which bring the combined length of the heavy and light rail network to 228 km (141.8 miles), with 156 stations in operation.


metre gauge Indian Railways HPS class ten-wheeler in Shimoga Town, 1978

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1936 Ford Deluxe (England)

traffic jam in the creek, Vietnam

LAX is banning Lyft, Uber curbside pickups

At the end of the month, curbside pickups at Los Angeles International Airport by Lyft, Uber, other ridehailing services, and taxis will be no more.

LAX officials announced today that all passengers wanting to call a car at the airport will now have to get to a designated lot just east of to Terminal 1, either by walking or by hopping on a shuttle. Drop-offs at the curb, however, will still be allowed at terminals.

“Anyone who has come to LAX knows that traffic in the Central Terminal Area can get rough, and we have heard from our guests that the current system with ride pickups can be frustrating,” says Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director for operations and emergency management at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

Airport officials say the switch to a centralized pick-up lot is an attempt to reduce traffic in the loop that runs through the terminals—traffic that airport officials anticipate will get worse when construction ramps up on the airport terminals’ redevelopment and the automated people mover that will link the airport to the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

“We are being proactive in protecting our guests and neighbors from traffic that is bad and getting worse,” an LAX brochure about the new lot states. LAX tweeted that this move is expected to eliminate 15 percent of the cars that clog up the central terminal loop “while providing a way better experience.”

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1962 Kaiser Jeep Gladiator and Panel Van

MKT 5-unit lash-up near Fort Worth, Texas, 1986

The first two at least are SD40-2 standard American workhorses of the era.  See earlier posts.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019