Friday, February 26, 2021

entrance to the Summit tunnel on the Rimutaka Incline, NZ, circa 1900

The boy up the signal looks too young to have been there for any official reason, perhaps he was the son the photographer. See earlier posts.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

1952 Triumph Mayflower


A 1960 Auston A99 next to it.

'I like to sunbathe with a real book, not a smartphone'

trains on the old Memel (Klaipeda) Dange river bridge near Janischken, Lithuania


"The railway bridge over Dangė river was built in 1874, during the construction of Klaipėda-Tilsit railway. The bridge was built by workers from Joniškis. Built of stones with five semi-circular arches, it looked rather stern and magnificent. Eventually the trains between Klaipėda and Tilsit became regular.

"The highest arch of the bridge was 13.25 metres wide and 8.5 m high above water. The bridge supports had ledges, which used to protect it against damage during the ice-drift. However, the bridge was inconvenient for ship traffic: ships had to lower their masts to pass through. Therefore, it was equipped with a special mechanism to raise the masts. The primary bridge was destroyed in 1944–1945, as the Red Army took over the city. The current metal bridge was reconstructed after the war. A fragment of the stonework of the old bridge can still be visible near the foundation of the new one." Source

See earlier posts on Memel.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

150 years of the Laroche--Migennes railway, France, 1999

Electric locomotives in the dépôt de Laroche, with one of the BB 26000 class Bo-Bo type Sybics in the centre left.  More

Monday, February 22, 2021

Boeing recommends grounding more than 120 of its 777 jets worldwide following a catastrophic engine failure on a United Airlines plane in Denver, CO

The company said on Sunday night that airlines using the same type of engine that scattered debris across Denver before making an emergency landing should suspend operations until inspections could be carried out

Flight 328 was flying from Denver International Airport to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board on Saturday when one engine failed shortly after take-off. Police in Broomfield, Colorado posted photos of pieces of debris from the plane near houses and other buildings. There were no reports of any injuries on the ground or among the passengers.

United Airlines said it was temporarily grounding all 24 of its Boeing 777s on active duty, and Japan’s aviation regulator swiftly followed suit, ordering Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) to cease flying 777s that use the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines while it considered whether to take additional measures. Japan said ANA operated 19 of that kind and JAL operated 13.

The planes are also used by carriers in South Korea. A spokeswoman for South Korea’s transport ministry, speaking before Boeing’s statement, said it was monitoring the situation but had not yet taken any action. Korean Air Lines said it had 12 of the planes, half of them stored, and it would consult with the manufacturer and regulators and stop flying them to Japan for now.

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