Monday, November 30, 2015
Polish 2-8-2 tank locomotive
The PKP series TKt48 was originally used in suburban traffic, and later on the front of passenger and freight trains on the central mountain ranges in southern Poland. Top speed was 80 km/h in either direction. A total 191 were supplied to the PKP between 1950 and 1957 (plus 18 factory use examples) and were still used up to the late 1980s in large numbers. Only with the decommissioning of most branch lines in Poland since 1989 were they retired and scrapped. Ten have been preserved.
Lockheed Electra at Palmerston North airport, late 1930s
website dedicated to the Turkish genocide of Armenians, 1915-1916
We have mentioned this episode, in which an estimated 1.5 million+ Armenians died, in a couple of previous posts. This was largely forgotten by the world, except by Hitler and the Nazis to whom it gave a example to follow. Stalin was probably influenced by it, too.
A comprehensive website about it is here
Turkey officially denies it took place and complains bitterly about those who bring it up, see this article
Italy to close hundreds of small mosques to fight Islamic extremism
According to this article, the Italian government intends to close down clandestine mosques in the country as part of the fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced Friday.
"In Italy, we have four mosques and over 800 places of Muslim worship," said Alfano.
"We are going to close the clandestine and unregulated places, not to hamper the religion but so that it can be practiced in places which are in order," he added in comments published by the local press.
In this it will be following Egypt which is reported to have closed 27,000 mosques of under 80 sq metres (860 sq ft) for the same reason.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
India is the world's worst air polluter
Just one of several articles on the web about this subject:
India may be lagging behind China on several economic indicators but when it comes to environmental degradation, the country has definitely outsmarted its giant neighbour.
Of the world’s top 20 polluted cities, 13 are in India compared to just three in China [the list below gives 14 in India, none in China]. Air pollution slashes life expectancy by 3.2 years for the 660 million Indians who live in cities, including Delhi. In China, the corresponding dip is marginally lower at three years.
|non-Indian cites: Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi (Pakistan), Doha (Qatar), Khorramabad (Iran), Igdir (Turkey)|
The two nations have seen furious economic growth in the past decade fuelling a rapid rise in pollution. China leads the world in carbon emissions and India is in third position. But one important difference between the two emerging economies lies in China’s ability to manage the impact of breakneck economic growth on its environment much better than India. The effect of China’s success is most visible in its air and water, both of which have a direct bearing on public health.
Another article which compares India, China, Europe and America (the USA rates a lot better than Europe).
2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
fastandsexy.com (fairly safe for workplaces)
Indonesian D52 class Mikado
Saturday, November 28, 2015
2001 Pontiac Aztek
a little Portuguese puzzle
In fact it is a pocket size calendar; the puzzle is why it was produced in Portugal and what that picture is supposed to be. A sort of hybrid between an NZR J series and a K series steam engine with a green hue (they were black), and none of either series dated from 1900.
An item considered for, but not used in the book New Zealand Railway Memorabilia.
bull train at Palmerston North, 1954
Along with Taranaki, Waikato is one of NZ's prime dairy farming regions. This is an NZR photo of Ka 944 at the head of a train of cars taking Waikato Rugby Union supporters south on 27 August 1954 to hopefully witness their team win the Ranfurly Shield. Palmerston North was one of NZR's legendary 'Refreshment Stops'.
Union Pacific 'Challenger' near the Hermosa tunnel, Wyoming, 1956
Dufferin Terrasse slide, Québec, Canada
a Canadian National 4-8-4
Number 6167, a class U2e, built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1940, now preserved at Guelph, Ontario. More info here
Friday, November 27, 2015
cars in Gladstone Road, Gisborne, 1940s
ships in Greymouth, 1910s
At least 9 visible. Before the Midland Line was completed in 1923, Greymouth was dependent on coastal shipping, and often on trans-Tasman ships. For more, see our books.
sardine fishing boats at Morgat, France, poster late 1920s
Go to Quimper on a Paris-Orléans company train and then a bus from there.
Finistère translates as the end of the earth.
traffic in Palmerston North Square, December 1958
Turkey buys a lot of oil wholesale from ISIS and sells it on to other countries
Which is the reason why it doesn't like Russia's attacks on ISIS. Turkey isn't alone in buying oil from ISIS -- article
And lots of people think Turkey should now be kicked out of NATO -- article
Thursday, November 26, 2015
SS 'Orontes' of the Orient Line
The Orontes lasted until 1962 when she was scrapped at Valencia, Spain.
Southern Pacific depot, San Antonio, Texas, 1918
Opened in 1903 and still standing, now called the Sunset Station.
An article with lots of pics on the Texas Transportation Museum website
map of Muslim conquest battles v. crusade battles in history
"In Europe over 580 Muslim slave raids, slaughters, looting, robbing and jihad attempts plagued the European countries and is the cause of the tragedies that continued into our current age in Eastern Europe.
"These relentless attacks destroyed the entire European Classical civilisation stretching for more than 1,000 years and forced Europe to rebuild itself.
"That was Islam’s contribution to Europe. [This is perhaps a little unfair; there is some interesting Moorish architecture in Spain]
"And how many 'brutal Christian crusades' were committed in defense against the constant stream of Muslim attacks and provocations? 17."
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
the first two trams on Devon Street, New Plymouth
Syrian rebel 'allahu akbar' attack on Russian rescue helicopter near border with Turkey
Well, if there was any doubt about this particular Syrian rebel group, this should dispel that doubt, and confirm the Russian position about them -- just another Muslim terrorist bunch along with ISIS and Al Nusra (Al Quaeda).
Daily Mail (UK) article and video on the episode
ALCo RS-3 of Norfolk and Western from 1956
Mentioned in a couple of previous posts, but we're partial to them :-) One of the 8 delivered to N&W is preserved at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, webpage
Deutsche Reichsbahn (DDR) freight car model
Whiteway's cider label featuring a steam train, Devon, England
Sweden looks to house Muslim migrants on cruise ships
Willis Åberg, accommodation chief of the Swedish Migration Agency, said that several shipping companies have been in touch with the agency to offer ships.
“I expect that cruise ships will provide thousands of places for refugees,” Åberg said.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Gallipoli artwork installation in Appleton Park, Wellington, lasted 10 days before being vandalised
It was a 'field' of 860 flexible glowing lights, to symbolise poppies, one to mark each ANZAC soldier from the region killed at Gallipoli. It was illuminated on 11 November, but was vandalised on Saturday night -- stuff story
the 125th anniversary of NZR steam special from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and back
This took place in October 1988. This train also went from Christchurch to Timaru, but it is seen here crossing the Waimakariri River bridge on the Midland Line. It was headed by 'Mountains' J 1211 (leading) and Ja 1250. Only the first 3 passenger cars were painted in the traditional red, so most photographers captured them only. For lots more see our books, particularly On the TransAlpine Trail.
1953 Ford Anglia 100E advert
The model was launched at the Paris Motor Show of that year It featured a triple bar grille until 1957. The model was superseded by the 105E in 1959.
Was the car as big as it seemed in this cinema ad? No.
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