Saturday, April 4, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
This was likely an excursion special as that was the month the old Wairarapa Line route via the Rimutaka Incline closed and there were several trains for enthusiasts put on. For lots more, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour See also earlier posts.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The lead unit was built by Nohab in 1973. See earlier posts and this webpage.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Monday, March 30, 2020
Depicted circa 1946, not long before nationalisation with a 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive introduced in 1927 -- info.
Another painting by Frank Henry Mason (1875-1965).
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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
Emergency ambulances alongside the WellingtonWi
With the major attention given to the current pandemic this recalls what happened in NZ during October to December 1918 when about 9000 in the country died from the Spanish flu. So far no-one has died from Covid-19 and at the time of writing only one person is in intensive care with another 7 in hospital.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Given that most businesses are now closed and many Angelenos are temporarily out of work, Merton CEO Phil Washington says the agency is expecting to “take a massive hit” in lost sales tax proceeds over the next few months, amounting to as much as $700 million.
Without an injection of new funding from the state or federal government, the agency’s plans for future operation and expansion could be impacted.
With ridership plummeting and sales tax revenue on the decline, transit agencies nationwide are struggling to continue operating trains and buses.
Speaking to reporters last week, Washington said that ridership—and, thus, fare revenue Metro collects from passengers—has plunged between 50 and 60 percent since local officials ordered schools and businesses closed to stem the spread of the virus.
That’s not the agency’s most pressing financial concern.
Through four different voter-approved sales tax measures, Metro collects a total of 2 cents every dollar spent in Los Angeles County. That funding keeps buses and trains running and pays for transportation projects countywide.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
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