Monday, July 31, 2017

Spanish automotor from 1940

Seen in 1969, one of a batch of 6 2-bogie diesel-mechanical railcars built in 1940 for the Norte company by CAF under license from Fiat, they had 2 x 145 hp engines.  In Renfe service they were numbered 9215 to 9220.

More info and pics on this webpage

tour bus in Honolulu, 1960

Although we're not sure what it is -- for those who have the time, a good website of American coach builders to trawl though is here

little engine on the wharf, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 1900s

It could be an 0-4-0 saddle tank.  The tightness of the curve visible shows why this size of engine was desirable for such situations.

Japanese 2-car diesel multiple unit

It looks like a Kiha 56 class which appeared at the beginning of the 1960s.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

SNCF steam locos in the roundhouse at St Etienne, 1966

French cycle race champion poster

Age uncertain: the first Tour de France was held in 1903 but this doesn't mention Le Tour, rather France Sport is "always first"!

mixed steam-hauled train in "Typical South Africa" scenery, Natal

Probably 1900s, no other details.

British Railways Inter-City 125 train at Dawlish Warren, south-west England, circa 1980

See earlier posts.

Sydney: four Muslims plotted to blow up a plane, says the Prime Minister

Australian authorities have foiled a terrorist conspiracy to bring down an aeroplane using an improvised explosive device.

Four men are in custody after NSW and Australian federal police officers raided properties in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the operation disrupted “a terrorist plot to bring down an aeroplane”.

The alarming plot triggered an “intensifying” of security measures at Sydney Airport on Thursday which has since been extended to all domestic and international departure points.

The Prime Minister warned passengers should arrive two hours before their flight and minimise carry-on and checked baggage.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix

trams, trains and traffic, North Sydney, circa 1957

It's a bit hard to identify exactly where this was taken, but probably on the roof of the apartment building on the right (click in and rotate) the Google streetview.

The whole structure carrying the tram tracks in the centre was demolished in the 1960s to make way for development of the freeway lanes. (Steve Terrill collection)

less ordinary subway riders

'I like discoveries in real books'

Sydney tram to Watson's Bay, 1908

These days you need to go to a country like Bangladesh to witness this sort of ridership.

1978 Plymouth Volaré

1978 Plymouth Arrow

1935 Riley Kestrel

Minneapolis cop who shot dead an Australian yoga teacher was a Muslim from Somalia

Justine Damond, the Muslim's latest victim.
In two years as a police officer, he had three formal complaints against him, two of which are still to be resolved. In a separate case from May 2017, he is being sued for allegedly assaulting a woman

This is the sort of detail that Mainstream Political Correctness Media usually wont mention.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Convair CV580 F

A twin-engined commercial transport aircraft produced by modifications to the 440 model with two Allison 501 D13D/H turboprop engines with four-blade propellers, in place of piston engines with three-blade propellers, an enlarged vertical fin and modified horizontal stabilizers.  The first was delivered to a customer in 1964.

Length: 24.84 metres; Span: 32.12 metres; Weight empty: 13,732 kg Maximum take-off weight: 23,371 kg; Passengers: up to 56; Maximum cruising speed: 550 km/h (342 mph); Ceiling: 6,096 metres (20,000 ft).

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Warsaw tram stop, 1960s

Polish train, bus and ferry timetable cover, Summer 1948

'I like reading books, do you?'

Polish railway day FDC, 9 September 1954

Deutsche Post punt

1929 Willys Whippet

1928 Essex Super 6

the largest Military Base in the Middle East opens in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [has] inaugurated a military base in Egypt that is reportedly the largest in the Middle East.

A number of top Arab government officials, such as Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, attended the inauguration.

The Mohamed Naguib Military Base, located west of Alexandria in Al-Hamam area, was built on a military city that was first constructed in 1993.

According to the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson, the military base consists of more than 1,100 new or recently renovated buildings. The spokesperson added that the new base would be used for joint military exercises with other countries.

23 July - Egypt's National Day

So, some Egyptian scenes
boats in the Nile, circa 1900
a MISR Airwork poster post-WW2
a Beech D-18-S -- info here

a passenger train near Memphis, 1963
the Cairo Metro is a standard gauge system of at present 3 lines totaling 78 km
Egyptian Air Force 1987 Beechcraft 1900C