Thursday, December 5, 2019

NZR Ab with a northbound passenger train on the Christchurch-Picton line, 1965

North of Wharanui in the area that was (and probably still is) known as the Blue Slip. The railway and road along the whole coast needed major works following the Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016. Scanned from an old calendar, original credited to B. Hutton.  For lots more like this, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour

1960 (Chrysler) Imperial LeBaron ad

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

RIP Emmanuel Makarios, 1957-2019

Maritime author Emmanuel "Manny" Makarios died at 4 pm Wellington time today. He was the author of six maritime books, five of them published by us. 

We first made his acquaintance in 1994 when he was working on the first volume of the Nets, Lines and Pots trilogy on commercial fishermen and their vessels when he was at the Wellington Maritime Museum, now replaced by the Wellington Museum. 

From 2000 to 2008 he managed the Wellington Cable Car Museum and since then worked at the Beacon Hill signal station. He was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2017. 

He last book All at Sea: stories of New Zealand seafarers was published in December 2017.

Coming just 8 months after Gavin McLean, it's another huge loss. They were both the same age.

Western Pacific locomotives in the Feather River Canyon, California

A steamer in a colorized b/w photo postcard from the early 20th century, and a lash-up of F7s in the 1960s.

Monday, December 2, 2019

1960 Chevrolet Impala in the American Southwest

No other information, possibly a promo photo.

Budd RDC as a Trinity Railway Express train in Irving, Texas, 1998

Named after the Trinity River, which flows between Fort Worth and Dallas, the 34-mile (55 km), 10 station TRE was launched on 30 December 1996, shortly after the inaugural service the Dallas DART Light Rail system, operating from Union Station to the South Irving Station. It runs along a former Rock Island line that the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth purchased in 1983 for $34 million.

On 18 September 2000, the line was extended to the Richland Hills Station and, for the first time, there was rail service available between downtown Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport. On 13 November 2000, the West Irving Station also opened. On 3 December 2001, the TRE was extended to its current terminus at the Texas and Pacific Station in downtown Fort Worth.

early 1950s Jaguar Mark VII promo poster

Most likely the first year of the Mark VII, 1951.

Santa Special on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, England

This is a 5.5 mile preserved line, info on its steam locomotives here

Photo by Roger J. Millward from the Facebook page