Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018
It looks like a mixed. This part of the branch south from Greymouth to Ross still exists as far as Hokitika, but the station and facilities have gone. For lots more, see our books. (Trev Terry pic)
at 10:09 PM
Things have been active there recently as rival Muslim terrorist groups the Taliban and ISIS try to outdo each other in the atrocity count. This time it was the Taliban who filled two ambulances with explosives to win the pleasure of their god.
The NZ man is reported to be Doctor Hashem Slaimankhel.
at 9:23 PM
Saturday, January 27, 2018
at 11:10 AM
A total 31 units of this class (numbered 14 2164 to 14 2190 and 14 2197 to 14 2200) were built between 1968 and 1973 by Thunes Mekaniske Værksted A/S. With a Co-Co axle arrangement, based on the Swiss Ae 6/6, the El 14 introduced three-axle bogies (trucks) in Norway with output power of 5,097 kW (6,835 hp) and a modest weight of 105 tonnes;
The El 14 remained more powerful than successors El 16 and El 17. until the delivery of the more powerful El 18 in 1996-97, when the El 14s were transferred to freight service alone, and the maximum speed reduced from 120 to 100 km/h (75 to 62 mph). Only one has been removed from service when it hit a large pile of rocks from a landslide near Evanger, Hordaland, in December 2005 and was scrapped. (wikipedia)
at 11:03 AM
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
As those who have our books know, Rm 31 was one of the 6 NZR 'Standard' railcars from 1938, and is preserved operational in the fleet of the Pahiatua Railcar Society.
Here it is seen in Taranaki countryside not far from New Plymouth last weekend, and the New Plymouth to Wellington run was what it actually did as a regular service for many years until December 1972 when the three Blue Streak railcars became surplus and the Standards were withdrawn.
This pic is from the Pahiatua Railcar Sociey's Facebook page.
For interest, below is a colorized interior view from the 1950s, via imagur.com
at 4:41 PM
We went to see to see this yesterday, simply for that reason. Leaving aside the implausible plot, as a movie it's actually quite good with plenty of action which for a fair while is psychological, until it deteriorates into the 'wham bam' sort near the end.
You can read about it on the Time website here.
What about the trains? Even for railfans, commuter trains aren't the most exciting, unless they comprise vintage equipment. But there are still the aspects that appeal; getting somewhere on vehicles that travel on steel rails and cross-ties, technical features, car layouts, vestibules, etc. You get plenty of all this.
Stations, exterior views and aerials? Not much. A train from NYC Grand Central along the Hudson (in reality Metro North, here Hudson North) doesn't make many stops in areas covered by the subway, so that's one thing you notice as being wrong, and there are a few other things.
Nevertheless it does intrigue, and none of it would apply to a bus.
at 4:16 PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Built in 1961, now preserved. See the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and Affiliates since 1940
at 6:44 PM
Vodafone in NZ closed its e-mail servers at the end of last November and promised that mail sent to the old address would be automatically forwarded.
But that hasn't been happening: probably only about 1 in 6 has been, so if you haven't had a reply from us in this time, that will be the reason. We know we are not alone in that.
The present e-mail link is on our main homepage here: http://www.transpressnz.com/home.html
at 1:04 PM
Monday, January 22, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018
On the original Gold Coast line a little south-east of Beenleigh. A new line for high speed trains was built in the mid-1990s and the Ormeau station now is rather different to this. From the I Love Ormeau Facebook page
at 8:46 PM
Viewed from the Oregon side of the river, the Washington side is in the background. The ferry was replaced by the 2,567 ft (783-metre) long Sam Hill Memorial bridge in 1962, info
A 1955 Plymouth Savoy and a Cadillac of the same year are in the front.
at 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 20, 2018
at 2:12 PM