Saturday, March 31, 2018

British Rail's Metropolitan-Vickers Co-Bo art

A Type 2 Metropolitan -Vickers Co-Bo (D5700-19) which were introduced in 1958 as first generation diesels. Most worked on the Furness line in the early 1960's (then Lancashire). Here one example, D5714, is shown arriving at Roose with a Barrow-in Furness to Manchester service. A goods train has just passed through on its way to the docks, likely hauled by an 8F.

Oil on canvas panel, 12 x 24". Signed prints are available from the artist, Wallace W. Trickett and the original is also for sale.

1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1975 Oldsmobile Starfire

existing and proposed railways in Sydney, 1926

Existing railway lines in black, proposed in white; unsurprisingly, not all of them were realised -- see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand for more.

Friday, March 30, 2018

traffic in George Street, Sydney, 1910s

And there will once again be vehicles on rails running along here. Extension of Sydney's Light Rail system is currently underway -- this will include a line from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station and then elsewhere -- info 

1965 Oldsmobile sales brochure cover

"The Rocket Action Cars"...

horse tram in Okinawa, Japan, 1935

Colorized pic of a horse drawn tram on a 9 km section of track between Naha and Itoman. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

hospital train in Egypt, WW1

Egypt provided an allied base for the Gallipoli campaign as well as for actions against the Ottoman empire.  See earlier posts.

Kings Cross, Sydney, trams close to the end

The first photo was taken in 1959 at the top of William Street showing Darlinghurst Road on the left and Bayswater Road intersecting not far from it.  The building with "Time for a Capstan [cigarette]" on the top still exists, but the others have since been replaced.

The second, taken only 50 or so metres to the left, dates from 1960 and gives a clear view of Bayswater Road with a tram having entered the intersection that has come from Rushcutters Bay. (Alistair Paterson pics)

'I like a real big book, not a smartphone'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Upper Hutt station and cars, 1965

This pair of photos was taken by the Upper Hutt City Council in 1965 looking south to the railway station that was built in 1955 accompanying electrification to that point.  A new station was opened 60 years later.

In the background is the General Motors assembly plant which, like the rest of the NZ motor vehicle assembly industry, closed in the 1990s.

NZ Government ship 'Tutanekai"

Seen at the Clyde Quay wharf in Wellington in the 1900s and in Picton.

This was built by David J. Dunlop & Co. of Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1896 as a cable layer and was also used as a government yacht. In 1931 she was partially stripped and scuttled off Wellington Heads in Cook Strait.

Tonnage: 811 grt; Length: 205.6 ft (62.6 metres); Breadth: 30.1 ft;  Power: 2 x T 3 cylinder (15.5, 25, 40 x 30 inches), 233 nautical hp, twin-screw.

traffic in Orange, NSW, late 1940s

The Hotel Canobolas was built in 1938.

Lacre truck in Sydney, 1917

The name on the grille looks like Anthony Hordern.

books with batteries problem

Saturday, March 24, 2018

traffic in Rudolfsplatz, Cologne, circa 1960

Muslim terrorist kills four, injures 16 near Carcassonne, France

A police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege died in hospital, French President Emmanuel Macron says.

The gendarme helped bring an end to a gunman's shooting spree that killed three in southern France.

The gunman - 25-year-old Redouane Lakdim - said he had been acting on behalf of the Islamic State group.

He was shot dead by French police after mounting three separate attacks.

Lakdim is said to have been demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the most important surviving suspect in the 13 November 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

One person - believed to be Lakdim's partner - has been arrested in connection with the shootings.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NZR's E66 on the Rimutaka Incline, circa 1910

This was a one-off 2-6-6-0T built in 1906 as an experimental more powerful locomotive to operate on the Rimutaka Incline than the existing H class Fell engines.  It was more powerful than an H but used a lot more coal and was unpopular with crews.

In 1917 it was withdrawn from service and later scrapped.  More

A portrait of E66 taken by Percy Godber at the Petone workshops where it was built in 1906.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

old style tank car of Procor

On the side it states 80,000 lbs capacity and a light weight of 12,900 lbs.

Procor is a Canadian freight car leasing company founded in 1952 and based in Oakville, Ontario. Since 2002 it has not manufactured any freight cars, instead it sources from its parent Union Tank Car's plants in Alexandria, Louisiana and Sheldon, Texas.

Pennsylvania Railroad calendar art, 1941

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

narrow gauge copper ore mining steam train, Chile

The Societé des mines de Cuivre Naltagua (SMCN) was founded in 1908 by Count Bernard de Saint-Seine, with Count Lesnil, son-in-law of the Baron de Rothschild, and the wealthy banker Michel Renebey. Its headquarters were in Paris. "The promoters were capitalists and merchants who were not familiar with the mining activities, which explains the numerous errors that were incurred in the project and the construction of Naltagua."

The company bought the Naltagua hacienda and more than 120 mining properties that covered a strip about 1 kilometer wide and 7 kilometers long south of the El Monte railway station from Santiago to San Antonio, which at that time only reached Melipilla.