Monday, March 31, 2014

steam locomotive trading card, France

Age uncertain.  Blécao seems to be a combination of blé (wheat) and cacao (cocoa).

readers on 'the tube', circa 1966

Taken by Vogue photographer Brian Duffy (English, 1933-2010).  This pic was probably the inspiration for the short film below featuring Denise Van Outen, one of a collection of nine London Underground-themed short films collectively called Tube Tales (1999)

Nouméa, New Caledonia, wharves and town centre aerial view, 1970

1902 steam railcar, Switzerland

Numbered CZm 1/2 31, belonging to the Uerikon-Bauma Bahn or UeBB, a collection of a few standard gauge lines: that between Hinwil and Bauma subsequently became part of the SBB.  Built by the Maschinenfabrik Esslingen; this weighed 23 tonnes and had a 45 km/h top speed. The 1/2 may mean it had one powered axle and one running axle.

first class passenger coach, Argentina, 1906

'I like to read a transport book on the subway'

Canadian Pacific 8-locomotive power lash-up


Headed by an SD40-2, seen near Field, British Columbia, in June 1976.

replica of Captain Cook's barque "Endeavour" near Russell in the Bay of Islands


See earlier post on this replica.

Nürburgring 1,000 km race poster, 1967

Swedish D class electric

From a stereoscope view published in America; no date and the location was simply given as Northern Sweden.  The D class was a 1-C-1 type, produced 1925-1943, see earlier posts.

Ford Trimotor aircraft art, 1928

This was first flown in 1926 and was produced until 1933.

CFL class 1600 diesel-electrics, Luxembourg

This was a joint class of 44 Co-Co type locomotives from 1955-57 shared between the SNCB of Belgium (its class 202, 40 units) and the CFL (4 units, numbered 1601-1604).

Because of the wine red-yellow livery of Luxembourg's railways and their round front, the "nez ronde", the locos were nicknamed doryphores (potato beetles).

The Belgian locos originated as versions of the NSB Di 3 of Swedish manufacturer Nydqvist och Holm (NoHAB), which in turn had a license for the F-units of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a subsidiary of General Motors (GM). The Belgian manufacturer Anglo-Franco-Belge (AFB) received a license from NoHAB, with GM delivered motors (each loco had a 1700 hp prime mover). The main intended use was deployment on passenger trains in the Ardennes.  Two of the Luxembourg units, 1602 and 1603, have been preserved.

Le Mans 24 hours poster, 1934

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mobiloil poster, 1929

Featuring a Ford Model A

school bus, Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, 1920s

red and cream buses in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 1960s

All has now changed. See earlier post.

'I prefer books over TV'

sailing ship graphic, 1927

On the back cover of that year's edition of the book Robinson Crusoe.

cars and buses in Bombay, India, 1960s

The Flora Fountain.

DDR transport stamps, 1974

Marking 100 years of the World Postal Union.

Citroen C4 poster, 1928


2 doors, 4 seats, length 4.18 metres, 1,628 cc, 4 cylinders, 9 hp,  80 km/h top speed. The name C4 was reintroduced by Citroen in 2004 (or perhaps inspired by the plastic explosive...)

Kicking Horse Pass Spiral Tunnels, Canadian Pacific

An impressive feat of railway engineering from 1909 - info here

Croatia steam loco stamps

Showing a MAV class 326 or a Jz class 125 and a Südbahn (Austria) class 18.

L.A. gets a strong shake

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported last Friday evening one mile from La Habra or 28 miles (45 km) from Downtown L.A., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles (1 km), and that is pretty shallow, hence the problems it caused were out of proportion to what you would normally expect from an earthquake of that size.

LA Times article on making your home earthquake-safe.

car stamps, Sweden, 1997

Bil is the Scandinavian word for car, from automobile.

rescue trucks, Denmark, late 1930s

Two fire trucks ("catastrophe wagons") and a crane or tow truck. 

'I like to read a book in the meadow'

Pan Am China Clipper poster

San Francisco to Manila is actually all the way across the Pacific
The China Clipper (NC14716) was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways and was used to inaugurate the first commercial transPacific air service from San Francisco to Manila in November 1935.  more

de Havilland DH.60 Moth "Gipsy Moth" of the Otago Aero Club

No date, but probably 1930s.

1939 Austin 12


A still from the epic movie Exodus (1960) which was filmed in Cyprus and Israel (this scene is Israel).

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1966 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe

Southern Pacific SD40M-2

As featured on this Guinea stamp in "the trains of the world".  The unit was a rebuilt SD45 - info. The same road number was earlier carried by a U33C.

1960s Skoda 1000mb

"Hi folks, our new car has broken down, the repairmen have arrived."
"No matter, we're in a nice spot."
"Hmm, I zink ze motor is here."

Released 50 years ago, this was powered by a 1 litre (hence the 1000) rear mounted engine.

double deck steam tram in Paris, France, 1900s


"System V. Purrey", built in Bordeaux.  Only one Purrey is operational today, in Rockhampton, Australia - info here

diesel-electric hauled train, Argentina, 1933

A cigarette card featuring one of three 1,700 hp Armstrong Whitworth locos for the Buenos Aires Great Southern between Buenos Aires and San Vincente. Each was powered by two eight cylinder in-line four-stroke type 8LV34 engines, each producing 850 hp at 550 rpm, with 8 x 134 hp traction motors, tractive effort 38,000 lb (169 kN), weight in working order 133 tons. Numbered UE 3,4 & 5 they were used to haul eight passenger coaches.

Pic below and more info is on this webpage 

steam trains and trams in Ludwigshafen, Germany 1900s

The original main station was built in 1847, extended at the  end of the 19th century and seriously damaged in 1945.  It was partially rebuilt in 1954 but a new station was opened in 1969.  The metre-gauge tram system has operated since 1878, today entending to 97 km (encompassing a system for Mannheim across the Rhine) and powered by 750 V DC.

'I can still do exercises while reading books'

1973 SEAT 127 4-door

"I hope this thing is powerful enough for the five of us"
"I'm just worried about us all squashing in here"

If it looks like a Fiat 127, it is because the Spanish automaker produced it under license from Fiat between 1972 and 1982.  While usually fitted with the same 903 cc engine as in the Fiat 127, SEAT also produced a 1,010 cc engine which produced 52 hp (38 kW) rather than 43 or 45 hp (32 or 33 kW) of the 903 cc - presumably this was used in the 4-door.

Lake Geneva steamboat at Geneva, Switzerland

Or as it would be called locally, un bateau à vapeur sur le lac Léman, à Genève.  From the look of the car on the left, probably 1950s.

1896 Léon Bollée Voiturette

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tatra 15/30 as a railway draisine, Czech Republic

The Tatra 15/30 had a front engine and rear wheel drive, an air-cooled straight four cylinder engine of 1680 cc with 18 kW (24 hp), a two-speed gearbox and a top speed of 80 km/h. Brakes were mechanical - hand for the rear wheels and foot to the front wheels. Damper leaf spring suspension on the railroad track provided sufficient comfort. A swivel rod placed under the vehicle enabled it to  be rotated 180 degrees without using a turntable or a passing bay. One featured in the Oscar-winning movie by Jiří Menzel, Closely Watched Trains.

traffic on Tamaki Drive, Auckland, 1940s

Looking southeast from the footbridge near Parnell Baths.  The Leyland half-cab bus seems the most recent vehicle.  The NIMT is on the right.

New York Central night train poster

We think this is a retro-creation and is not authentic.  It looks good, though.