Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1935 Alvis Firebird

1966 Ural motorbike and sidecar, Russia

More pics and info

electric bus on Maui, Hawaii

A news item from last month is below.  An electric bus (not the one in the photo) has been noticed in passenger service on Maui in the last few days.

"A Proterra Catalyst all-electric bus, which costs more to buy but runs cheaper and environmentally cleaner than current Maui buses, will be doing tests on island public transit routes this week, the county Department of Transportation announced Monday.

"The bus, which will not be carrying passengers, will run routes Upcountry and in West and South Maui in a three-day test.

“If things work out, we will bring the Catalyst back for a longer test period where we can actually let the public take a ride on it,” said Transportation Director Don Medeiros. “We plan on testing other electric buses in the near future to find out what works best for our community.”

"The Catalyst completed a one-month trial on Oahu before coming to Maui, the Transportation Department news release said. The bus will be running at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for the next 13 months, and the department plans to evaluate the performance of the bus before making a decision, Medeiros said.

The 40-foot [14-metre] -long, zero-emission Catalyst runs quieter on its electric batteries than petroleum-powered buses, the news release said. It has 42 seats and can handle up to 37 standing riders — for a 79-passenger capacity.

"It can adapt to urban and rural routes and is designed to run a full day on a charge, Medeiros said. Part of the test will be to see if the bus can make an Upcountry run.

“It’s a very quiet bus, and the only thing you can really hear while riding it is the air conditioning,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa, who received a briefing and ride. “We are excited at the possibility of making cleaner modes of public transportation available for our riders.”

The buses costs $700,000 each, about $100,000 more than regular petroleum-powered buses, Medeiros said. However, the fuel cost savings projected for an expected 12-year life for the bus is $400,000. Currently, county buses consume 250,000 gallons of gas a year.

The Proterra currently operates in the Seattle-Tacoma area; Wilsonville, Ore.; Redding, Modesto, Santa Clara, San Joaqin Valley and Fairfield, Calif.; and at Sacramento and San Jose international airports."

For more information on the bus, visit

loud Cadillac, or so it says

two police officers and a bystander shot dead by gunman in Liège, Belgium, with Islamist links

On and on it goes... story

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

1960 Studebaker Lark 4-door

"Wooo, I want to do donuts in that"
"Honey, I think you've drunk too much brandy"

Dole plantation train, Oahu, Hawaii

This is a diesel powered loco for the 2-mile long circuit of the Dole plantation, but intended to look like a steamer. "The Lady Liberty arrived in the islands in 2003 and was designed as a replica of a Mason Bogey 0-4-4T, originally manufactured by Mason Machine Works in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1883. This particular model was popular in the early 1900’s due to its ability to run on 3′ gauge tracks [the Dole line is 2' gauge] on hills and over sharp curves. They were used all over the United States in mining, logging and short-line passenger service." (Geoff Churchman pic)

Friday, May 18, 2018

'I want a wall of books'

Renfe class 272

Locomotive 7202 pulls an express train at Tolosa Station in the 1950s.
A 2-Co-Co-2 type of which 12 were built in 1928 by Babcock & Wilcox with electrical equipment by Brown Boveri for the Norte company's 1500 Volt DC lines. Output was 2760 hp.

Originally, the Norte railway designated the class as 7200, later RENFE numbered it as 272 and replaced the original blue livery with the green of the state-owned company. They were called "crocodile" because of their shape which had space for two free axles on each end to reduce the weight per axle. Units of this series are preserved in the Museu del Ferrocarril de Vilanova

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Renfe 591 class railbuses, Spain

If these ferrobus look like the Uerdinger Schienenbusse of the West German Federal Railways (the DB) of the 1950s, there is a good reason for that: they were designed, and some built in the same factory.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

'allahu akbarist' stabs pedestrians in central Paris, one fatally

The suspect in a deadly knife attack in central Paris on Saturday evening was born in 1997 in the Russian republic of Chechnya, a judicial source says.

The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four other people in the busy Opéra district before being shot dead by police.

The suspect had shouted "Allahu Akbar" witnesses said.

The self-called Islamic State (IS) later said one of its "soldiers" had carried out the attack.

Pacific Electric Railway Post Office/baggage car in San Pedro Street, L.A., circa 1950

One notes the water tank on the roof of the building in the background. This car was built by Brill in 1915 as Portland Eugene & Eastern 452.  It became Southern Pacific Railway 771 after a short period and was rebuilt as Pacific Electric 1405 in 1929.  The mail facilities were removed in 1950; it was withdrawn in 1952 and scrapped the following year.  A close-up view of it is here

'I'll read a book over a smartphone anytime'

Union Pacific SD70M lash-up

Seen at Shawmut, Arizona: with an SD40-2 third back from the lead.

1959 Plymouth Savoy

Friday, May 11, 2018

1958 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark I sports car

"You like it fast?" "Sure do."
This is known as the 'Frog Eyes' version which was superseded by the Mark II in 1961.  Info