Friday, January 31, 2014

'the photography in this book is so fascinating'

Swedish train at the Brussels Exhibition, Belgium, 1935

A second class saloon car is nothing unusual but a sleeping car with 1st, 2nd and 3rd class compartments is intriguing and a refrigerating-heating car even more so.

1935 DeSoto taxi

Milan automobile club poster, Italy, 1909

'You no lika my car - you can geta stuffed'

1946 Greyhound advert

You can go to Michigan and Minnesota lakes and act like Red Indians.

Boston trolleys, 1910

Seen in Scollay Square. The one in in the center is headed for South Station, the other is also headed for a station.

Baltimore, Maryland, trolleys, April 1943

Inside the park terminal (

tram runs past the Parnell Post Office, Auckland late 1900s

Up Parnell Rise then turn south, still uphill, for about a quarter mile.  The yellow tram front was simply the tinter's guess.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

stamp featuring an NAC DC-3

If you wonder what aviation event could have happened in 1855, it was actually the year that the first postage stamps were issued in NZ.  For heaps about NAC aircraft, see the book The Aircraft of Air NZ and affiliates since 1940.

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto

Canadian National GE C40-8M

A total of 84 of the GE C40-8M, a Co-Co type powered by a V16 7FDL prime mover, were built by General Electric from 1990 to 1994, part of the GE Dash 8 Series, and often referred to as a Dash 8-40CM.

Mechanically identical to the Dash 8-40CW, the Dash 8-40CM was constructed only for Canadian railways. It is distinguished from the Dash 8-40CW by a full-width cowl body and the use of a Canada-specific nose and windshield configuration. The trucks (bogies) also differ  - all are taken from retired Alco/Montreal Locomotive Works locomotives.  Here a Dash 8-40CM is on the point of a stack train at Red Pass, BC.

'I like to read a transpress nz book in the park'

1935 Peugeot poster - acceleration

Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad coal and iron docks at Erie, Pennsylvania

Age uncertain. The E.&P. was a predecessor of the Pennsylvania Railroad.  All gone today.

BNSF Railway General Electric C44-9W

This class of Co-Co type diesel electric, powered by a GE 7FDL16 prime mover rated at 4,400 hp was built over 1993 to 2004.  Most of the 2,526 units were sold to the big North American railroads--1,797 to BNSF--but some went to Western Australia mining railways and 117 broad gauge versions went to Brazil.

NZ Prime Minister wants referendum on the national flag this year

It's clear that in both NZ and Australia the present very similar national flags are much disliked, although not everyone feels that way. Unlike in the U.S. and Canada where you see the national flags flying everywhere, very few are seen in A/NZ.  Now John Key has proposed having a referendum on the issue in conjunction with the general election.  NZ's national colours by default are black and silver and the most common flag you see is a silver fern on a black background, John Key's preference for the official flag. It seems to us the best option too, the Southern Cross could be retained for an Australia-New Zealand Confederation flag. stuff article and video

Canadian National 4-8-4

Seen near Hamilton, Ontario, in 1959, is a U-2-h class built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1944. It had 73 inch (1854  mm) driving wheels, 25.5 x 30 inch cylinders, a boiler pressure of 250 psi, and a weight of 400,300 lb (182 tonnes).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

armoured train used by the British in the Boer war in South Africa, 1899

cars on Lambton Quay, Wellington, late 1950s

A couple of Morris Oxfords in the foreground and a Morris J type van further back.  What is that flat bed truck on the left?  Another photo considered for but not used in the book Wellington Transport Memories.

tram turns from the beach up the rise, Auckland, 1904

A new electric tram turns from Beach Road into Parnell Rise (or Gittos Street as it was then named), a view taken from Constitution Hill. In the medium distance is a bridge of the railway line to Newmarket.

1938 Trailways bus brochure

With an ACF Brill bus.

'Stena Alegra' at Pencarrow

Joanna from Poland provides a foreground to the Stena Alegra--the replacement ferry for the Aratere--entering Wellington Harbour at Pencarrow in the distance. The ferry is likewise from Poland having provided ferry service to Sweden. The first week in Wellington to Picton service wasn't auspicious when she broke down in Wellington Harbour, article. (Geoff Churchman pic)

Convair 580

One of the members of the CV-240 family, which was introduced in 1947. The 580 variants were converted from Convair CV-340 (Allison Prop-Jet Convair 340) or CV-440 aircraft with two Allison 501 D13D/H turboprop engines with four-blade propellers, in place of piston engines with three-blade propellers, an enlarged vertical fin and modified horizontal stabilizers.

This example is seen in Air Chathams livery which provides flights to the Chatham Islands from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. (

yachts and rowboats in Concarneau, France, poster

Age uncertain, but probably interwar.

Canterbury Centennial stamp with a Lockheed Electra over Timaru, 1950

cars in Broadway, Palmerston North, 1950s

An Austin A40 in front, a Vauxhall Velox on the right, maybe a Leyland bus further back.

Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot in Port Arthur, Texas, 1900s

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Houston rail yard, Texas

At a guess this is Union Pacific's Englewood yard.

cars in Country Club District, Kansas City, Missouri, 1920s

bus in Cote d'Azur poster, France, 1930s

But in this case promoting the mountainous hinterland.

Katy Flyer of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway

Hauled by locomotive 440, a 2-8-0 type built by Schenectady in 1901, more data on this webpage.

The last two of the MKT initials gave the name 'Katy'.  According to this webpage, "In 1896, the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railroad announced the inauguration of the Katy Flyer, with service between St. Louis, Mo., and southwest Texas. By 1905, “The Fast Train to St. Louis” raced between Galveston, Texas, and St. Louis in about 37 hours. 

'I like a book with big illustrations'

board a bus, breathe easy

A public service advertisement produced in India but obviously relevant everywhere.

sailing ships in Port Cooper, NZ, 1855

If you haven't heard of Port Cooper, it was the first name for Lyttelton.  For more, see our books.

Monaco 1979 poster

Blaupunkt car audio adverts

It certainly looks like there would be plenty of sound produced; although...

Boeing and Westervelt seaplane in NZ, 1919

This was the first Boeing product dating from 1916 of which two were made. The two B & Ws were offered to the United States Navy but when the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became Boeing's first international sale. On 25 June 1919 the B&W set a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet. The B & Ws were later used for express and airmail deliveries, making New Zealand's first official airmail flight on 16 December 1919 as depicted on this NZ Post First Day Cover (for a vending machine label!)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Semmering railway steam scene, Austria, circa 1950

see earlier post

Vespa shape

The rear fender shape has a certain similarity to that of the 1950 Chevrolet...

customized 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

Story and more pics on the Lowrider Magazine website

trams at the bottom of Queen Street, Auckland, 1919

This one a view in the opposite direction from the usual one, looking from the Waverley hotel towards the ferry building, which still exists.  The other buildings are history.

ships on the Great Seal of the State of California

The seal dates from 1849 and received slight revisions in 1883, 1891, and 1937. The goddess Minerva sits on a hill before what is supposed to be the Bay of San Francisco and its vessels in 1849 while the snow capped mountains are supposed to represent the Sierra Nevada, east of Los Angeles.  All except one of the ships is sail-powered; the identity of the steam ship on the left is the subject of debate.  More

1949 Mercury advert

double-deck Fageol bus of the Los Angeles Motor Coach Company

A 1924 model, taken on 8th Street about where Hope Street intersects, looking northwest. (Metro archives)

traffic in Trafalgar Street, Nelson, circa 1950

for more, see our books

'I'm bored with law books, I want a transpress nz book to read'

the 'Rotorua', 1911-1940

An undated postcard, but probably not long after the ship was bought by the NZ Shipping Company in England in 1936 and renamed from Shropshire to Rotorua.  The ship didn't serve the NZSC long - on 11 December 1940 en route from Lyttelton to Bristol, England, she was torpedoed by German U-boat U96 off St Kilda, Scotland, and sank. 

Dimensions: 165.8 x 18.59 x 8.15 metres
Installed propulsion: Steam quadruple expansion engines rated at 1,264 hp, dual shaft
Speed: 14 knots