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

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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.