Sunday, January 17, 2021
This was a major port until the 1920s when its status began to decline. One of the major shippers was the Wilson Line of Hull which had been founded in 1825 by Thomas Wilson. "By the early 20th century, the company had grown – largely through its monopolisation of North Sea passenger routes and later mergers and acquisitions – to be the largest privately owned shipping company in the world, with over 100 ships sailing to different parts of the globe. The Wilson Line was sold to the Ellerman Lines – which itself was owned by Hull-born magnate (and the richest man in Britain at the time) Sir John Ellerman." (Wikipedia)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
It was called the XP-1, and although it was originally envisaged as a proof of concept for Hyperion's hydrogen propulsion technology, the wild supercar is currently on its way to production.
At last summer's reveal, Hyperion said the XP-1 would start production at a site in the United States as early as 2022. That would be a relatively quick gestation but work on the XP-1 actually started in 2016, and Hyperion has been developing the technology behind the car for a decade.
"Give 'em a microwave blast now, Bill, maximum power!"
Mounted on a Ford Zephyr Six of the era, seen in Oriental Bay. This press photo was taken because radar speed detection had just been introduced. For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital century
Friday, January 15, 2021
The car weighed in 30 percent lighter than a normal steel vehicle of the same dimensions, making it highly fuel efficient. Add in the fact its motor ran on hemp fuel, and the vehicle was all but a crop itself. Ford himself claimed he would “grow automobiles from the soil” That said, the car’s 14 plastic body panels mounted to a tubular steel frame of unique design.
A postcard from 1980. Present day info here
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Rather scarey this -- L.A. Times article
This is a message at the head of one of the Facebook blogs we follow which speaks for itself. It's one of the reasons why we've never bothered with our own FB page. The denizins of cyberspace include a small number of negative and often nasty trolls who spoil things for not only the targets of their venom, but everyone.
We'd like to think there are none among our readers, but we know there are a handful. Nearly all social media blogs are labors of love, but when things stop being fun for the editors/curators/admins, then the likelihood is that the enjoyment that people could and should get from them will cease.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
A painting by Nick Harling of BR Class 45 "Peak" No. D60 Lytham St Annes as it accelerates through Rusher Cutting Tunnel in Millers Dale with a Manchester to London express, 1960s.
A total 127 of the 1-Co-Co-1 type were built between 1960 and 1962. All were withdrawn from service by 1989.
Friday, January 8, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
The airport was developed for military use during WW2 and continued in use for civilian purposes, largely replaced by Wellington airport in 1959. Paraparaumu airport still exists, although is little used.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
En route to Picton. For lots more, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Victor Young.
Monday, January 4, 2021
The line was only opened to traffic in 1909. The viaduct was demolished following completion of the Mangaweka-Utiku deviation in the mid-1980s. See earlier posts and our books.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
For cape gauge on the Congo railway, combined first and second class, transformable into a sleeping car. 33 seats or 28 beds. Length overall 16.85 metres, tare weight 30 tonnes.