Tuesday, February 18, 2020

General Motors announces the end of the Holden brand

from the ABC (Australia) website:

About 600 Holden employees will lose their jobs after parent company General Motors announced it would axe the iconic Australian car brand by the end of the year.

Key points:

  • The company pledged to provide at least 10 more years of customer service for Holden owners
  • GM executives said the brand was struggling in a fragmented right-hand drive market
  • Federal Industry Minister Karen Andrews said it was "unacceptable" the decision was made without consulting the Government
GM said the brand was no longer competitive in the current market and would be "retired" from sales, design and engineering across Australia and New Zealand by 2021.
The announcement drew criticism from the Government, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying he was angry the brand was allowed to "wither away".
About 800 Holden employees had remained in Australia, including 600 Melbourne workers focused on designing cars for the Australian market.
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1963 Cadillac deVille

Sunday, February 16, 2020

NZR J class 2-6-0 steam locomotive with a train from Dunedin to Christchurch, early 20th century

The 33 of the 2-6-0 type that were built in 1874 and designated J class were the first engines in NZ to have a tender; the previous classes were all tank engines. 

The original caption of this press photo stated it was taken near Pelichet Bay, an inlet of the Otago Harbour which frequently silted up, especially after the causeway was built for the South Island Main Trunk Railway between Dunedin and Port Chalmers.

Reclamation began in 1913 and continued after WWI, at which time the area was linked with the central city by a tree-lined boulevard, Anzac Avenue, leading straight to Anzac Square and the Dunedin Railway Station. The area is now known as Logan Park.

1958 Chevrolet Belair

1966 Lincoln Continental

1953 Bristol KSW5G bus

A still from the movie On the Buses (1971).

Wednesday, February 12, 2020