Tuesday, August 16, 2022

'I like guys who like real books, not little devices'

Launceston, Tasmania, trolleybus

An early 1950s view of one of the thirty British United Traction RETB/1 model acquired for the system, which were bodied in Adelaide by J.A. Lawnton & Sons, each being trialed on the Adelaide network before being sent to Launceston. 

In 1964, five were sold for further use on the Hobart system

The Launceston trolleybus system opened on 24 December 1951 from the Launceston city centre to Quarantine Road via Wellington Street replacing a tram service. A second line opened to Mowbray Heights on 13 September 1952, being extended to Newnham Park on 21 November 1952. 

Further lines opened to Basin Road and Quarantine Road via Talbot Road, both on 24 February 1957 to form a cross-city service, followed by Norwood on 27 November 1961. The network closed in stages in 1968.

1983 Pontiacs -- Parisienne, Bonneville Brougham, and Grand Prix Brougham

Monday, August 15, 2022

British Railways 22 class diesel loco and Diesel Multiple Unit on Biston Flyover, Monmouthshire

Art by Robert Jognston. Details on the 58-member 22 Class, B-B type Diesel-hydraulic built over 1959–1962 and known as "the Baby Warship" are here.  All were scrapped.

cars and buses in Pariser Platz, Berlin, early 1930s

With the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) obvious.  This pretty much is the heart of Berlin, in divided Berlin days, just on the DDR side. At right is the French embassy, which had to be rebuilt because of the destruction in WW2.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

farewell to Auckland's Diesel Multiple Units

From TV One NZ:

Unit ADL 804 at Auckland Railway Station in 2004. This was the appearance after they arrived second hand from Perth in the 1990s before the modifications to the front.

Auckland's Papakura to Pukekohe diesel train service will run for the last time on Friday night.

It comes as KiwiRail works to modernise the city's rail network, with buses replacing the service till electric trains take their place in 2024.

Auckland Transport’s Raymond Siddalls, who played an integral role in introducing diesel passenger trains in New Zealand 30 years ago, says it's "the end of an era".

Siddalls told 1News the move to electric trains is sad but it's progress. "It's sad in some ways to see them go because they've been so successful."

He said the other major factor is that electric trains are better for the environment.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

an NZR Fiat articulated railcar and a Standard railcar cross at Manakau south of Levin, May 1955

The Fiat was brand new, undergoing trials from Wellington, the Standard dated from the late 1930s. The station at Manakau has long gone.  For lots more, see our books. (NZR photo)

NSW class 47 Co-Co type diesel

This was a class of 20 units built over 1972-1973 by A. Goninan & Co. in Broadmeadow, NSW. They  were numbered 4701 to 4720, prime move was a 4-stroke Caterpillar 16-D399TA rated at 1,126 hp. Six are preserved.


Friday, August 12, 2022

Rogers 4-6-0 from 1891

"Preserved at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California, Sierra Railway No. 3 has appeared in more motion pictures, documentaries, and television productions than any other locomotive. It is undisputedly the image of the archetypal steam locomotive that propelled the USA from the 19th century into the 20th.

"The locomotive returned to operation in July 2010 after a fourteen-year absence from service and a three-year-long overhaul, requiring the replacement of its original boiler."

cars descend Lombard Street, San Francisco, 1970s

Arguably the most famous Street in San Francisco after Market Street.  See earlier posts.