Sunday, August 9, 2020

Christchurch station, winter 1945

With a C class steam shunter, probably engaged in yard maneuvers. It could be a boat train to Lyttelton, but these were normally hauled by the electric locos.  For lots more see our books.

1954 Holden FJ

(Carol Sawyer pic via Geoff Churchman)

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Qantas to send Boeing 787s for desert storage alongside its A380s

Qantas is set to mothball several Boeing 787 aircraft as the global aviation downturn continues. The Australian flag carrier will send the single deck aircraft to the Mojave Desert to rest alongside its Airbus A380 and its recently retired fleet of the Queen of the Skies, the jumbo Boeing 747 aircraft. However, the 787 aircraft will go to a different facility slightly further south, Victorville.

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Monte Carlo rally poster, 1992

5 million pageviews since May 2009

Our hit counter has now equaled the population of NZ!  As can be seen though, NZ visitors only comprise about 7% of them.  American views are about 35% of the total.  We try to spread subjects around the world as per the subheading, but a lot depends on what we are sent or find on social media.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Ford bus at Oxford NZ service station, 1930s

The nearest sign on the wall advertises Texaco fuel as does the pump.  From the look of it the roof is fixed but the side windows (made of plastic) roll up.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

trams in Dessau, Germany, pre-1990

This city, which today has 2 tramlines with a combined route length of 18 km in standard gauge, saw its first tram in 1894 and electrification in 1901.

Various line extensions and closures have taken place since then. Today the fleet consists of 10 Bombardier cars from 2001/02 plus four veteran cars from earlier times.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

SS 'Minnekahda' of the Atlantic Transport Line

"SS Minnekahda was a passenger liner laid down in 1914, but construction was delayed by World War I. The hull was completed without a superstructure in 1917 and transferred to American registry in 1920. Fore River Shipyard refitted the hull to carry over two thousand immigrant passengers for the American Line. She entered service between Hamburg and New York City on 31 March 1921. Atlantic Transport Line then converted the ship for tourist-class service from 1924 until 1931. The ship was then laid up at New York by the Great Depression until scrap metal prices rose in response to German rearmament." (Wikipedia)

the RMS 'Aquitania'

An official promo artwork, probably from 1914.
The 45,647 grt RMS Aquitania was a British ocean liner of the Cunard Line in service from 1914 to 1950.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

test run of Wellington's first electric multiple units, June 1938

One of the six pairs of the initial Dm+D two-car units is seen at Ngaio on its way to Johnsonville.  A colorized NZR pic.  For lots more, see our books.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

1954 green metal bug

This was the first year that they were imported to NZ, see Phillip Coyle's book.  Obviously the wheels aren't original.

cars in L.A., 1949

No other info. Obviously there is a Ralph's supermarket in the background with Streamline Moderne styling which succeeded Art Deco in the late 1930s.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

early view of traffic outside Sydney station

Obviously before the present Central station was built in 1906.  However, as the practice of postcard publishers in those days was to remove overhead trolley lines above tram tracks, it's hard to determine how much earlier.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dahabeah (Dahabeeyahs, Dahabiya) on the Nile, Egypt, circa 1900

These are shallow-bottomed, barge-like vessels with two or more sails, that have existed for thousands of years.  More info

will ferries help beat Israel’s traffic jams?

(Original article on The Times of Israel)

New Transportation Minister Miri Regev has given the green light to set up a series of sea shuttles along the Mediterranean coast in a bid to ease Israel’s chronic traffic jams, Channel 12 news reported Monday.After taking office in May, Regev, reportedly asked for out-of-the-box solutions to try and ease the congestion.

One idea presented was for a series of sea shuttles that would link coastal cities like Netanya, Hadera and Ashdod with Tel Aviv, similar to commuter ferries in Manhattan, Bangkok and Istanbul.

According to the proposal, a ferry from Ashdod to Tel Aviv would take 26 minutes, compared to a 41 minute car drive during rush hour, or 51 minutes by train.

Similarly, a ferry from Netanya to Tel Aviv would take 20 minutes, compared to an average commute of 49 minutes by car, or 29 minutes by train.

Regev reportedly told officials that she wants the shuttle system to be government subsidized like bus services.

The report did not give a time frame for setting up the sea shuttle system or detail costs or what infrastructure would need to be constructed.

Israel’s coastal area, particularly around Tel Aviv, faces constant traffic woes that a series of new highways and interchanges have failed to alleviate. The city’s perennially delayed light rail system is not expected to inaugurate its first line until mid-2022.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Paraparaumu Aviation Museum, NZ

This shows the historic control tower from 1947 (replaced with a modern structure in 2017 in a different part of the airport) and the small building which houses the museum's artifacts and displays.  The Museum is open on Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm.

NZR Ed 102 in Wellington yard circa 1939

The first built locally by Hutt Workshops after the class leader Ed 101 was delivered by English Electric. A photo likely taken when new. For lots more, see our books.