Thursday, February 28, 2013
the French Line's 'Normandie' poster, circa 1936
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, California
This impressive system, officially called an aerial tramway, but usually referred to in the English speaking world as a gondola or aerial cableway, was opened in 1963 after nearly 3 decades of planning. The pic shows a cabin reaching the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft (2,596 metres) elevation.
A history and technical information is on this official webpage
tram in Oriental Bay, Wellington, circa 1910
A different scene to the earlier post. For heaps more, see the books Wellington: a Capital century and Wellington Transport Memories
Kobe trams, Japan, circa 1920
One notes the two trolley poles. A bit of info on the system here
early Utrecht electric trams, Netherlands
Mexico City trolley bus, a bus from 1946
military train in Fribourg, Switzerland, 1930s
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
an overview of the CSX intermodal terminal of Northwest Ohio
A video published last week. This intermodal facility covers 500 acres (200 hectares) and can handle 2 million containers a year.
1957 Austin A35 pickup
One last photo from the Great British Car Rally in Wellington last week. This tiny model only lasted two years and this was one of only 475 produced. Given its minuscule carrying capacity this is hardly surprising.
Engine: 948 cc, output 34 hp at 4,750 rpm
Maximum torque: 50lb/ft (67.8 Nm) at 2,000 rpm
Length 11ft 4.4ins (3.465 metres)
Width 4ft 7.1ins (1.4 metres)
Height 4ft 11.3in (1.455 metres)
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5in (2.02 metres)
Track - front 3ft 9.2in (1.15 metres) ; rear - 3ft 8.8in (1.14 metres)
Hamersley & Robe River railway ALCo's, Western Australia
This standard gauge mining railway, now known as Pilbara Rail, transports all iron ore mined in the Hamersley Ranges of northern Western Australia to the ports at either Dampier or Cape Lambert near Wickham. The trains are operated on an American scale. In this pic a pair of ALCo Century 628 diesel-electric locos are seen on a train to Dampier in the early 1970s. This model was one of the last built by ALCo, a Co-Co type with 2,750 hp (2,051 kW) output of which 186 were built between December 1963 and December 1968. One is preserved at Seven Mile Yard in Dampier
101 years after the first 'Titanic' went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean come plans for 'Titanic II'
And a straight replica at that, apart from modern technological refinements. One hopes too that this one will have more lifeboats...
The cost has been estimated at more than US$200 million, but for Australian mining mogul Clive Palmer that is a drop in the ocean...
NZ Herald article and vid
transport around Custom House Quay, Wellington, circa 1920
Another photo considered for but not used in the books Wellington: a Capital Century and Wellington Transport Memories. For details of what is in this, see those books.
Java Night Limited, Indonesia, 1930s
Available info on this train is scant but it would have traveled between Jakarta and Surabaya on the 3'6" gauge track. Before 1949 Indonesia was a Dutch colony, usually referred to as the Dutch East Indies. Prints of this poster are available commercially.
Soviet Class AA20-1 of 1934 - a 4-14-4
a brave way to transport whiskey
It would only take one tailgating driver behind you and a sudden blockage ahead of you... An advert with an Isetta from 1958.
1933 Pierce Silver Arrow
After having collected over 80 car models in 1:18 scale over the years, we decided that we had run out of space to display them all and could make one last addition, so chose the model of this 12 cylinder car redolent of the Art Deco era.
|pics of the real thing|
Renault trunk art
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
more Tinakori Road 1900s
transferring freight from the highways onto the railways
One of the most significant figures in the US Class 1 railroad statistics posted a couple of weeks ago was the growth in intermodal traffic - between 2009 and 2011 this increased by an aggregate 2 million carloads; a big reduction in congestion on the highways. In this commercial CSX states that one of their freight trains carries what 280 trucks do.
More of general than transport interest this one as it shows the harbour (east) side of Tinakori Road in the foreground, which was demolished for the foothills motorway of the 1960s, including one of the Katherine Mansfield houses in the centre right.
One of the questions we tried to answer but without success for the book Wellington: a Capital Century was how many houses in Thorndon in total were demolished to make way for for the motorway. However, a 'ball park' figure is 100. For more, see that book.
Transilien tram train, France
the Jensen Interceptor version 2
|There's nothing subtle about the inferences here, although as well as GT wheels you would need a dwelling and attire to match. Hiring all that for a fling may get expensive :-)|
Great Northern Railway 0-6-0 saddle tank
Although a relatively small engine, the photographer's below track standpoint still manages to make it look impressive. A saddle tank means that the water tank went over the top as well as along the sides of the boiler to maximise heat capture from it, but had the disadvantage of reducing visibility from the cab. These were built by Sharp Stewart between 1897 and 1909. GNR became part of LNER in the 1923 'grouping'. The engine shown, J52 No. 68846 (GNR No. 1247), has been preserved in the National Collection.
at the drive-in movie, 1950s
As an integral part of LA car culture, the drive-in movie developed there and spread to the rest of the country - and overseas including Australia. As we noted in the book Celluloid Dreams, however, it never happened in NZ.
Usually they featured B movies and often for attendees, watching the movie was secondary to having a 'pash' with your companion inside the car :-)
Monday, February 25, 2013
traffic on the chain bridge, Budapest, 1930s
John Deere X720 tractor
Mt Eden and a tram, Auckland, 1900s
For more, see earlier posts and our books.
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