Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ČSD Class 89.0 electric multiple units

Introduced in 1965 during Czechoslovak days, the 18 of the 3-car articulated CSD class 89.0 sets - after the national split, redesignated the ŽSR Class 420.95 - were for the 35 km of the metre-gauge Tatrabahn based around Poprad in Slovakia. Most were scrapped in 2001-2002.

More here.  See also the earlier posts.

1959 Vauxhall advert

American advertisement.

Canadian National 4-6-4 tank loco

Built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1914.  Stable-mate number 47 is now preserved at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania - info

1937 Delage D8-120 S Pourtout Aero

A diecast model by Automodello is due soon. Pics and info on the prototype are here.

1971 Buick Riviera Boattail

As featured on this LP cover and an example of the real thing sold last year by for $11,000. Fabulous.

Trolley cigar label, 1905

Canadian Pacific SD40 in original colors

Seen in 1969, this was built in February 1967.  The other interesting thing in this pic is the apparent lack of ballast, but it is probably below the mud.

1958 Plymouth 4-door

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

'I like to read a book on the docks'

the Flying Merkel

Nothing to do with Angela. This was a motorcycle of the American company Merkel in Milwaukee, which relocated later to Middletown, Ohio. The motorcycle was produced from 1911 to 1915 and its bright and shiny orange paint was later described as "Merkel orange".

Santa Fe Chiefs advert, 1949

The Chief, Super Chief and Texas Chief.

1953 FJ Holden clock

It moves in and out of the servo (Oz speak for service station) and revs its engine... an item in a catalog that happened to catch our fancy.

1958 Ford 861 diesel tractor art

Triumph TR2 and Aston Martin DB2/4 on the racetrack, mid-1950s

The Triumph TR2 sports car was produced by the Standard Motor Company between 1953 and 1955 and the Aston Martin DB2/4 grand tourer was produced from 1953 through 1957.

Salmson poster, France, circa 1930

Salmson was established by Émile Salmson (1858-1917) in a workshop in Paris in 1890, making steam-powered compressors and centrifugal pumps for railway and military uses. Subsequently joined by engineers George Canton and Georg Unné, it was renamed Emile Salmson & Cie in 1896, building gasoline-powered lifts and motors. The company became one of the first to make purpose-built aircraft engines before WW1, continuing into WW2.

After WW1 the business started making car bodies and then complete cars which continued until 1957.

Railway aniseed rum and cognac

With a seal of the Spanish liquor industry.  Obviously a brand name, age uncertain.

1962 Thames 800 van promo art

Monday, April 28, 2014

1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer

For those wanting a guide to classic car values, provides a compilation of auction results, although there is usually a significant variation, which no doubt depends on condition and other factors.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

'I like to read a good reference book in the park'

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air coupe art

filigree VW Beetle by Vrbanus

Vrbanus is a metal art workshop in Croatia. This was "hand made of wrought iron, gold plated and decorated with Swarovski crystals. Fully functional."

who you gonna call? ring Falck

Rescue vehicle graphics, Denmark, 1930s. See earlier post.

Baldwin 'Mikado' from 1920

One of 3 of the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad seen in 1961 with coal cars (?).  Info

vehicles outside the Tauranga Harbour waterfront sheds, circa 1950

Dive Crescent. The building on the left is now an arts and craft retail space.

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1955 Plymouth Savoy 4-door

1939 Chevrolet Coupe

Pontiac Trans Am, mid 1970s

Either a 1974 or 1975 model.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

BSA motorcycles poster

Age uncertain - 1930s? The Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) motorcycles marque lasted from the 1930s to the 1970s.

'I leave my neighbors a transpress nz book to read as a good deed'

Whitcomb 8 65 ton diesel-electric switcher

The Whitcomb Locomotive Works were located at Rochelle, Illinois, originally known as the George D. Whitcomb Co. which produced mining equipment including gasoline and electric locomotives after the beginning of the 20th century. In 1931 the company became bankrupt and was purchased by the Baldwin Locomotive Works which operated the company as the Whitcomb Locomotive Works until 1940. Baldwin completely took over the company in 1940 and it was operated as a division of Baldwin. In February 1952 locomotive production was shifted from Rochelle to the Eddystone works. more

trams in lower Queen Street, Auckland, 1940s

See earlier posts.

General Electric 25T switcher locomotive

An example seen at the Southern Iron and Equipment Company, Atlanta, Georgia. GE began building small, diesel electric, 20-25 ton locomotives in 1938. Between 1938 and 1974, 550 locomotives in the 20-50 ton size range had been built. In 1956, GE sold the under-25T business to Rogers Brothers of Albion, Pennsylvania; but continued to offer 25 ton and larger industrial locomotives. More pics here

Friday, April 25, 2014

25 April - Anzac Day


The veterans day in A/NZ. This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of WW1, next year marks the centenary.  For information on the subject, and WW1 in the Pacific, see our book Voyage to Gallipoli.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

steam train on the Ferrocarril Acambaro, Mexico, 1933

Empire Flying Boats luxury, 1930s

The luxury actually isn't all that evident... See earlier posts and of course, Paul Sheehan's book.

Nicaragua and Guatemala steam locomotive stamps

3'6" and 3' (1067 and 914 mm) gauge respectively.

narrow gauge railway track at the Kurhaus Wolfsburg bei Duisburg, Germany 1910s

The sort of feature that intrigues - was it a private goods railway or something for public transport and what ran over it?

1958 Porto, Portugal, Grand Prix poster

'I like to read a book in my mountain cabin'

1968 Honda N360

This was produced 1967-1970, front wheel drive with an air-cooled, four stroke, 354 cc, 31 hp (23 kW) two-cylinder engine, which was borrowed from the Honda CB450 motorcycle - obviously not very powerful.

1973 Norton Commando promo

1952 Nash Ambassador

a Dsc locomotive on Quay Street, Auckland, 1971

The intersection with Queen Street in the background. See earlier posts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1975 Mitsubishi Galant promo photo


Taken somewhere in NZ.

Drewry supplied pre-WW2 diesel-mechanical shunter on NZR


Number 32 from 1939, a two axle Tr (tractor) class is seen in Henderson in 1964.  Originally it had a Parsons petrol (gasoline) engine, but in 1958 this was replaced with a Detroit Diesel 4-71 series engine developing 78 kW (105 hp) at 2,000 rpm, with the power train via an Allison torque converter.  The remains of this particular loco, one of 16 similar ordered by NZR from Drewry before WW2, are stored in the Tokomaru Steam Museum.

As electric motors have much better torque than mechanical ones, diesel-mechanical transmission on railways world-wide has been almost completely confined to low speed, low tractive effort needs in yards or to railcars.

For more, see our books.

Chernigov station, Ukraine, 1970s

One of several attractive railway stations in Ukraine - some nice recent pics are on this webpage