Friday, January 31, 2014
Up Parnell Rise then turn south, still uphill, for about a quarter mile. The yellow tram front was simply the tinter's guess.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
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.
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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
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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.
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)
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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. (planespotters.net)
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.
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!)
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Monday, January 27, 2014
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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.
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A 1924 model, taken on 8th Street about where Hope Street intersects, looking northwest. (Metro archives)
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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
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