Thursday, May 26, 2016

Canadian Pacific 'Hudson' at the entrance to the lower spiral tunnel, 1940

On the famous Kicking Horse Pass section of the CP near Field close to the Continental Divide.  The peak in the background is known as the Cathedral for obvious reasons. See earlier posts. (CP pic)

lightning strike disrupts service on the new Denver Airport railway

DENVER — A power outage on the new train line between Denver and the city's airport stranded about 80 passengers on an overpass yesterday before they were shepherded to board buses instead.

Officials with the Regional Transportation District, which operates the line, say the power went out and stopped a train on a 50-foot [15 metre] overpass near the airport's cellphone lot on Tuesday afternoon. Passengers walked down the overpass to a nearby bus that took them to the airport.

RTD spokesman Nate Currey tells KUSA-TV a broken cable caused the outage. Partial service was restored, but passengers were still being bussed to the airport Tuesday evening.

The train has experienced a handful of outages as well as problems with crossing gates since the 23.5 mile (37.82 km), $1.2 billion line opened on 22 April.  It is standard gauge, double track and electrified at 25 kV, 60 Hz. The rolling stock was built by Hyundai Rotem of South Korea.  (RTD pic)

United Airlines to add San Francisco to Auckland service on 1 July

American airline United Airlines, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last month, will begin flying from San Francisco to Auckland from 1 July, resuming services after dropping Auckland as a destination in 2003.

The new route will launch with a 787-8 aircraft, which seats 242 passengers, and will make the trip to New Zealand three times a week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Canadian Pacific freight trains cross at Kamloops, British Columbia

In late evening light a westbound stack train enters with a GE AC44CW on the point, at the same time as an eastbound empty grain train enters the depot area from the opposite direction. Both locomotives have just had a crew change. (Geoff Churchman pics)

Monday, May 23, 2016

1954 Plymouth Belvedere promo postcard

1971 Plymouth Duster

a JA + AB leave Dunedin with a main trunk express in 1948

The station is visible in the left background. For lots more, see earlier posts and our books.

'I like to study a good book'

PLM - Tramway du Mont Blanc posters, France, circa 1930

See earlier post on the TMB.  This alpine railway is one of those on Google's railview, below:

1975 Cadillac adverts

With classics from the 1930s in the backgrounds.

Musllim migrants sneak onto a German cargo ship bound for Britain

A total of 62 men have been snared by German police after smuggling themselves on to lorries heading on to ferries and freighters leaving Cuxhaven near Hamburg.

Holger Jureczko, a police spokesman, said most of the men were from Albania and Kosovo and they had been trying to climb the port’s fence.

The crisis is going to get a lot worse with Albania and Turkey set to join the EU later this year and will give impetus to the Brexit campaign on the referendum to leave the EU in a month from now.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

1919 Austin 20

Union Pacific SD70ACe

With an AC45CCTE behind it on the front of a stack train beside the L.A. River.

Garratt at Paekakariki, 1929

Arguably the most visually impressive steam locomotive used by NZR were the 3 'G' class Garratts from 1928 built for North Island Main Trunk goods service, but they were ultimately a failure, and a book was written about why.

This must be the best portrait photo of them that exists, taken at Paekakariki, as those who have our books will recognize instantly. (NZR photo)

BB in action

One of 30 of the NZR 4-8-0 type built by A.& G. Price of NZ in the 1910s.  This one was obviously on a fan trip somewhere (and now in the Mainline Steam roster); the location of this pic is not given but our guess is the Waikato region.

For lots more, see earlier posts and of course the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour

traffic in Oxford Street, London, 1960s art

"Swinging London, Routemaster buses ply along Oxford Street with an Austin taxi in the foreground. Exciting times, decade of pop culture, fashions from Mary Quant, Hardy Amis, the mini car, the mini dress, James Bond movies, space race etc etc."  An 'English summer' night by the look of it too.  Commissioned oil painting by Wallace Trickett.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Canadian beer commercial filmed on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, NZ

Sleeman Railside Session Ale from Bo Platt on Vimeo.

Navigazione Generale Italiana poster, 1921

Here obviously advertising trips on the 12,087 GRT Colombo between Genova and New York.

Other data: length: 157.88 metres (163.4 overall), width: 19.50 metres
Cruising speed: 14 knots (maximum of 16.5 knots)
Power: four-fold expansion Palmers, 10,500 hp

Colombo was scuttled in Massawa, Eritrea, in April 1941 during WW2 to prevent British capture of the ship.

'I need a transpress nz book'

1922 Chrysler ad, Switzerland

1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

At least that's what we think this is.

NSW D53 class 2-8-0

Seen near Cardiff in 1970.  Info on the 190-member class built between 1912 and 1917, of which 3 are preserved, is here

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

traffic in Detroit, 1930

1927 Lincoln ad

For France; "the allure of the Lincoln resembles the flight of the eagle."

Vancouver transport street mosaic

While on the mention of Vancouver, this mosaic was installed into the sidewalk on Burrard Street at the time of the 2010 Winter Olympics: a streetcar, bus, steam loco, a hint of a kayak, ship, a floatplane and a bike.

Helsinki, Finland harbour tug 'Harri'

Seen in 1977.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CN stack train leaving Vancouver

With a SD70M-2 on the point followed by an ES44DC and a C40-8.
(Geoff Churchman pic)

1939 Renault Vivasport

Vancouver streetcars, Canada

Hastings Street, 1949

the back of a PCC car

Postcard pics from the British Columbia Electric Railway era, which operated the city's standard gauge trams as well as interurbans from 1897.  BCER began a 'rails to rubber' conversion program in the mid-1940s which was complete for the streetcars by 1955.  Interurbans lasted only 3 years longer.

A heritage streetcar line, the Vancouver Downtown Historic Railway, owned by the city and operated by Transit Museum Society volunteers ran from 1998 to 2011 between Granville Island and Olympic Village Station north of 6th Ave just east of Ash Street.  It seems unlikely that it will be revived.

Car number 53 was built in 1904, now in the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.