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
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 midamericaauctions.com for $11,000. Fabulous.
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.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
the Flying Merkel
Santa Fe Chiefs advert, 1949
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.
Triumph TR2 and Aston Martin DB2/4 on the racetrack, mid-1950s
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
Monday, April 28, 2014
1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer
conceptcarz.com 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
filigree VW Beetle by Vrbanus
who you gonna call? ring Falck
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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Pontiac Trans Am, mid 1970s
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.
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
General Electric 25T switcher locomotive
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
Empire Flying Boats luxury, 1930s
Nicaragua and Guatemala steam locomotive stamps
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?
1968 Honda N360
a Dsc locomotive on Quay Street, Auckland, 1971
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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
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