Friday, November 30, 2018

trunk railway

In a literal sense -- this was one of the layouts on display at the Model Railex in Taita near Wellington last weekend.  It looks to be an OO9 scale and based on a Welsh prototype scene.

1971 Toyota Corona in Waiomu Bay, Thames, NZ

Almost certainly a publicity pic for tourist promotion.

a polar bear gets off the tram in Brno (Brunn), Czechia

Well, not really: it was a realistic lifesize puppet created by Greenpeace to promote arctic environmental awareness.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

1939 Adler 2 Liter promo art, Germany

'Read a smartphone? A book is much better'

1933 Ford Coupe

1968 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Holiday Coupe

mid-1930s car on the Zuiderzee dam, Holland

A hand-colored slide. Maybe a Dodge?

car in Waikanae, NZ, circa 1930

What is it?

1971 Oldsmobile 98 4-door hard top

DSB MT class diesel-electric switcher

A total of 17 of these Bo-Bo type were built by Frichs of Denmark and entered service over 1958–1960. The original Frichs V8 diesel engines proved unreliable and the locomotives were rebuilt with Maybach-Mercedes V12 engines rated at 491 hp during 1969–1971.

The first class MT unit was retired in 1990 after a shunting accident; the remaining ones were not retired from DSB service until 1997–2000. MT 166 remained in use as a service locomotive (tjenestelokomotiv) until 2006.

Maximum speed: 90 km/h (56 mph) 
Length: 12.49 metres
Weight: 52.1 tonnes

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

narrow gauge 'Donald'

A recently completed restoration by the Blenheim Riverside Railway which operates a 2 ft gauge line in Blenheim, New Zealand, between Beaver Station in the CBD, Brayshaw Park and Omaka Airfield.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

bus departure from Casablanca to Le Bled, Morocco, 1920s

Le Bled is likely Marrakesh, 220 km (137 miles) from Casablanca.

Presumably roof class wasn't free but cheaper than saloon class.

bus in Morocco, 1940

Almost certainly French.

LNER A3 'Pacific'

London and North Eastern Railway A3 Pacific number.2545 Diamond Jubilee emerging from Penmanshiel Tunnel by R. Tetley; in the British National Railway Museum in York since 1986

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Taihape in 'Clockwork Orange' days

A photo by Mark Cole of the Taihape, NZ, railyard in 1978 with a couple of then relatively new Dx class in their original yellow and orange livery in the centre-right.

Several changes have happened in the meantime.

This pic was intended for a now abandoned guidebook on the North Island Main Trunk, but there are other NZ railway books available.

Monday, November 19, 2018

1976 ERF PFS fire truck, Wellington

ride the Inland Railway in summer, Sweden

Only 345 Swedish Kronor ($US 38) for a package price?  Well, it's a pamphlet from 1986 in our collection, so adjustments for inflation are needed.  The 14 day Inlandsbanan card now costs SEK 2,000 or $US 224.

The Inlandsbanan runs 1,363 km up the centre of Sweden from Kristinehamn to Gallivare (also a station on the Malmbanan -- see earlier) and needs two full days of travel, involving an overnight stop at Ostersund. In 1986 it was run by the SJ (state railway) but seems to be privately operated now.


vehicles in Lambton Quay, Wellington, 1970

All of them British -- a still from the tourist promo film C'mon to New Zealand (1970). For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

steam trains near Amsterdam Centraal Station, 1900s

Including a semaphore signal gantry and a switch tower (signal box).

Saturday, November 17, 2018

the hospital ship 'Maheno' leaves NZ for the Middle East, 1915

By Walter Armiger Bowring, and now in NZ's National Collection of War Art.

For lots more on this and many other WW1 ships, see the book Voyage to Gallipoli