Thursday, April 22, 2021

1952 Austin Countryman Pickup

1951 Muntz Jet

"Everything about this car is incredible. It’s hard to not notice the color first, and then there’s the split windshield which a few high-end cars had given up by 1951.

"It’s hard to mistake this front clip and grille for any other car than a Muntz Jet. Even though the company only reportedly made around 200 examples of this fabulous car, most of us have seen photos of them or if lucky, have seen one at a car show. I have seen a few of them over the years at car shows and they’re really interesting, to say the least. Some owners included singer Vic Damone and actors Clara Bow and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson."

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Hydrogen strategy for Canada’s railways

Canada wants to bring back steam to its railways, but don’t expect the return of glorious white plumes of condensation, drifting over deep-frozen prairies. This time, the steam would be the invisible exhaust of high-efficiency locomotives and self-propelled passenger units, powered by the on-board conversion of hydrogen into electricity and hot water vapor. Canada hopes to build upon its advantage as builder of the world’s first HFC (hydrogen fuel cell) prime-mover.

The Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, released on 16 December last by the Canadian government, is driven in equal measure by the country’s commitment to decarbonize, and the imperative of a massive economic recovery from the consequences of Cv-19. Without that political pincer squeeze, hydrogen could have lingered for years more as the obvious, but too costly, alternative to fossil fuels.

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Alstom’s Coradia iLint utilizes HFC (hydrogen fuel cell) technology from Canadian supplier Hydrogenics Corp., an Ontario company purchased by U.S. diesel engine manufacturer Cummins.

2007 Robinson R44 II helicopter

With a 260 hp Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5 (Reciprocating) engine. 4 seats.

'Titanic' and 'Olympic' poster for Denmark, 1912

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Upper Hutt, NZ, station scene art, 1890

By Christopher Aubrey (active 1868-1906). Description from the NZ National Library website: "Shows the railway station and ancillary buildings, including railway cottages, the goods shed and the engine shed. Also shown are St Joseph's Catholic Church, the Provincial Hotel, P.A. Wilkie's second store (to the right of the hotel), and, to its left, Edward Wilkie's bakery and boarding-house."