Friday, October 31, 2014
trams in Willis Street, Wellington, 1900s
Looking north. See earlier posts and our two books on Wellington, particularly Wellington Transport Memories.
Devon Belle train poster, England, 1947
The train was begun the year before nationalisation and only lasted until 1954. The two observation cars are preserved and can be riden in. More
electric recoaling plant on the L.N.E.R.
electric multiple unit of the Tatrabahn, Slovakia
retro motoring household ornaments
Seen at a hardware store recently were these gasoline pump and drink vending machine recreation ornaments. The pumps had lights in the tops; the Shell one had shelves inside, the 'Route 66' one was designed for wine bottles. The Coca Cola and Jack Daniels ones were for putting the obvious inside.
Restored versions of the full-size real things have featured on programs like American Restoration, worth watching.
Swedish Lloyd poster, circa 1951
Thursday, October 30, 2014
from 1960 flat-bed Lambro 3-wheel bike to Tuk Tuk Campervan
and probably the world's smallest such van, a project that featured on the Channel 4 (UK) program "Amazing Spaces". Project website
Kona the bookstore cat
of Bound to be Read Books in Atlanta, Georgia, one of 44 US independent bookshops featured on this webpage.
Western Australian X class
MV 'Fraser Venture'
BNSF Railway 2015 calendar
We got a complimentary copy in the mail as we are a supporter. Copies are available for sale at a modest price from BNSF.
The unusual cover scene is a cut through basalt pillars on the Fallbridge Subdivision near Lyle, Washington. Photo credited to Mike Repp.
furniture removal van seen in Papua New Guinea
From a viral e-mail. As the accompanying caption said, "Try setting up this business in Australia, NZ, the UK, USA, etc. The Fun Police would be all over you."
Canadian Pacific 'Trans-Canada Limited'
1956 Fiat 1900 B(?)
AEC Regal 'half-cab' bus in Christchurch, 1950s
It could almost be England. The bus was built post-WW2 with local bodywork. The prams (baby carriages) hanging on the front was a quaint practice which was also done in Dunedin. In Wellington buses had spaces for them in the back or sides.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1912 Lozier Touring Car
Egypt warns that Islamists are poised to seize Libya's oilfields
Egypt is warning that terrorist groups are poised to seize control of Libya’s oilfields, as the country’s foreign minister appealed for an expansion of the Western-led campaign against jihadists fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham (ISIS) to tackle extremism threatening North Africa.
Sameh Shukri, the Egyptian foreign minister, used a visit to London on Monday to push for a new approach from Britain and the West to Islamist violence in Egypt and its neighbours, modelled on the campaign targeting the Islamic extremists.
“The natural resources in Libya represents a very large pool of wealth and funding that will fund terrorist activity not only there but in other parts of the world,” he said. “You see [ISIS] in Iraq utilizing gasoline and the black market, and in Libya this is a danger that will have a big impact for us.”
personnel on the Q, 1900s
The staff of the Oamaru locomotive branch - 20 of them visible - pose on an example of the first locomotive class in the World to have a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement, the Baldwin-built Q; hence the term "Pacific". For more, see our books.
1908 REO Roadster
short distance Alster steamboats from Hamburg, Germany
Every 5 minutes between Hamburg, Winterhude and Eppendorf, 20 Pfennigs per person. Late 19th century.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
blue agapanthus praecox and a Ganz Mavag electric train
Seen at Muri in 1986. For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.
Holdens and the good old days
As much motoring icons in NZ as in their native Australia...
Indian motorcycles poster
The age of this is uncertain. The original Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company was founded in 1901 and went bankrupt in 1953. A number of successor organizations perpetuated the name in subsequent years, with limited success. In 2011 Polaris Industries bought Indian Motorcycles and relocated operations from North Carolina, merging them into existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. Since August 2013, three motorcycle models that capitalize on Indian's traditional styling have been built under the Indian name.
1970 Ford Fairlane ZC
the Lemon Express, Spain
The Limón Expres (Lemon Express) tourist train, apparently the first in Spain, ran from 1 June 1971 between Benidorm and Denia, later reduced to Gata de Gorgos on the FGV - the Costa Blanca tram & railway company - metre-gauge line between Alicante and Denia. The rolling stock consisted of 10 passenger cars with wooden seats and 2 saloon bar cars built in the 1920s and 1930s. Power consisted of 3 diesel-hydraulic "Batignolles". In July 1988, the "Batignolles" were replaced by 2 Alstom, BB diesel-electric type. In 1994 a third such locomotive followed.
It ceased running in 2005 because the bogies (trucks) and wheels of the cars needed maintenance and alteration to fit the new track which is being improved and electrified by the FGV. The old train has remained in a siding at Benidorm Station covered in graffiti. The expected cost of the upgrade is about 1.2 million Euros and the idea has been shelved, perhaps permanently.
Baldwin Locomotive Works stock certificate, 1950
Monday, October 27, 2014
steam train on the viaduct at Ober-Schmiedeberg in Schlesien, Germany
Since 1945, this place has been Kowary Górne in Poland. This was on a 40 km semi-mountainous line completed in stages between 1882 and 1905 from Hirschberg (Jelenia Góra) via Schmiedeberg (Kowary) to Landeshut (Kamienna Góra) in Lower Silesia in an area known as the Giant Mountains (Riesengebirge). The line, operated by the PKP since 1945, lasted until 2007.
Air New Zealand 50th anniversary stamp, 1990
For lots of info and heaps of photos, see the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and affiliates since 1940 by Paul Sheehan.
new book on the Hudswell Clarke sugar cane industrial steam locos
The 2ft (610 mm) gauge Hudswell Clarke steam locomotives that hauled sugar cane in Queensland and Fiji for The Colonial Sugar Refining Company were once an iconic part of the scene in both states. This 144 page book (not viewed) seems to be an improved makeover of the book Last of the Hudswells from a few decades ago, and can be ordered from the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society for $A 35 plus postage (525 grams). For enquiries or to place an order contact firstname.lastname@example.org
the inter-island ferry ship "Maori"
For heaps of photos and info on this and every other ferry between the North and South Islands to the end of the 2000s, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Vic Young.
Santa Fe FT's in Colorado, 1959
Chaika on rails
Soviet diesel-hauled train in the Ural mountains art, 1958
Maybe depicting a Te3 - info on it and other Soviet diesels is on this webpage
Sunday, October 26, 2014
ding at Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, 15 July 1969
'Night Scotsman' poster late 1920s
Essentially the overnight version of the Flying Scotsman train from London to Edinburgh. This sleeping car service was introduced by the London & North Eastern Railway in 1927 and ran from Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. The service ceased to run as a titled train in May 1968.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Golden Chersonese train poster, Malaysia, 1930
lovely peeps at Timaru postcard, 1950s(?)
canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains, NY state, poster
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