Tuesday, October 30, 2018

1952 Commer Avenger bus, Australia

Used by Victorian Railways (VR), body by Symons & Fowler.

Soviet VL82 class electric locomotive

Intended for the area where dual system electric voltage is needed (3000 V DC and 25 kV 50 Hz), 91 of these articulated Bo-Bo+Bo-Bo type were built between 1973 and 1979.  Externally they look very similar to the single voltage (25 kV AC) VL80 class -- info.

Monday, October 29, 2018

1963 Ford Trader bus

(David Jones collection)

steam, diesel and electric hauled trains at Cerbère, France, 1971

A 141R on the left. The one on the right will be broad gauge from the Spanish side of the tunnel, see earlier posts.

Southern Pacific Truckee local on Donner, 1979

There seems to be almost as many locomotives as freight cars.  The location looks to be the curve at Emigrant Canyon.

the Brunnen-Morschachbahn, Switzerland

The Brunnen-Morschach-Bahn (BrMB) or Brunnen-Morschach-Axenstein-Bahn was a just over 2 km metre-gauge cog wheel railway which lasted from 1905 to 1969 and went from Brunnen on the shore of Lake Lucerne (437 metres altitude) up to the village of Morschach and the Hotel Axenstein (705 metres altitude).  The maximum gradient was 17%.

The rolling stock consisted of what is in the picture plus a goods boxcar and an overhead line maintenance car. From opening it used 750 Volt 3-phase 50 Hz electricity. This needed two separate overhead wires and the locos were fitted with twin trolley poles which had to be turned manually at the termini.

The railway was replaced by a bus route in 1969.

Salève electric cog wheel railway posters, Geneva, Switzerland, 1892

There is space left for overprinting the timetable.

This 9 km line lasted from 1892 to 1935 and was the World's first electric cog wheel railway. Its closure was caused by the competition created by the téléphérique du Salève which had started operation in August 1932.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy / Colorado and Southern 4-6-2

Road number 372, built by Baldwin in 1918, one of three in the F-3-B class -- info

'this is my favorite book -- what's yours?'

Cameron Diaz

1971 Mack big rig

Also known as a semi-trailer.

a ding at Woodville, NZ, 17 May 1954

A Bedford truck belonging to Griffins Biscuits and Wairarapa railcar Rm4 collided on one of the level crossings causing the damage shown. It looks like the truck also hit the floodlight gantry.  For lots more, see the book Danger Ahead: New Zealand railway accidents in the modern era.

From the Pahiatua District old and new FB page.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

1951 Sunbeam Talbot

1950 Singer 9 Roadster

MV 'Oranje' as a hospital ship, WW2

"In 1941 the Netherlands Government offered to the Governments of Australia and New Zealand the MV Oranje, a ship of 22,000 tons, for use as a hospital ship to convey Australian and New Zealand sick and wounded from the Middle East. This offer was gladly accepted by the two governments.

"The ship, which had been completed in Amsterdam only in 1939, was partially converted in Batavia to its new purpose and sailed to Sydney to be fully equipped and completed as a hospital ship. In April 1941 the New Zealand War Cabinet sent the DGMS (Army and Air) and the DQMG to inspect the Oranje and discuss the staffing and equipment with Australian officers.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Missouri Pacific's Colorado Eagle'

This was one of MoPac's 'Eagle' trains; this one ran from St Louis to Denver, Colorado, seen here near Colorado Springs.

'Kingston Flyer and friends'

...On the Fairlight Flats."  The risky manoeuvre depicted seems to show a 1927 Bentley and a Tiger Moth sharing the setting with the train.

The caption states it was commissioned during the restoration of 1982, presumably by NZR.  Artist details not stated, but the signature looks like Peter Beadle.  For more, see our books.

L.A. Metro to Crenshaw train art

"The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will extend from the existing Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County."

It is planned to be operational late next year and will be a welcome addition to the network for not only Angelinos but visitors!