Sunday, November 24, 2019

Deutsche Bundesbahn VT08 diesel multiple unit, West Germany

This is a still from the movie Das Wunder von Bern right at the end, based on Germany's win in the 1954 World Cup for soccer, but as experienced through the eyes of a young fan whose father has recently returned from a Russian Prisoner of War camp (following Stalin's death in 1953) and it provides a good insight into West German life at that time.

Info on the VT 08

1971 Mazda Cosmo

'A smartphone? Nah, I like real books'

Birmingham, England, former electric garbage truck

Built in 1938 for the Birmingham City Council (who by not stated), used until 1972, now a museum item. (Source)

cars in Main Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1960s

Significantly busier than we remember it last year.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

UP hopper train in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980

With an SD40-2 on the point.  The 4th unit could be a DD35.

cars in Wellington's Civic Square, 1970s

The whole area was given a big makeover in the late 1980s and the lawn terraces in the left and centre are now occupied by a curved council building and the library was built in the area on the right.

For lots more, see the book Wellington: a Capital century

old Wellington street scene

Displayed in a shop in Tory Street without a caption, but that is probably the street shown, unrecognizable today. What is the car?

fishing vessel on the Bosporus Strait, Turkey, 1965

No other info.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Naumburg tram in DDR days, Germany

A metre gauge system of only 2.9 km in length. Steam trams began on 15 September 1892 and the line was electrified in 1907. This car of the 'Lindner' type with 24 seating places dates from 1928 and was renovated from 1989 to 2016. Website

India's first electric train - from Bombay VT to Kurla

On 3 February 1925 the first Electric Multiple Unit service with 4-cars, manufactured by Cammell Laird and Uerdingenwagonfabrik, was flagged off by Bombay Governor Sir Leslie Orme Wilson.

The first service ran from the then Bombay VT (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai) to Coorla (now Kurla) on harbour line.  (Source)

1940 Dodge Milk Truck Rat Rod

Something that should attract attention!  Source with info and more pics

For some NZ equivalents, see the book Alternative Drivestyles

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Malaysian tram stamps, 2015

The last picture is of a locomotive-hauled train, not actually a DMU, however, it could be of the push-pull type where there is a driving cab at the end of the last car which is used when travelling in the opposite direction.  These are common in Europe.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

IVS 'Phinda' loading logs in Picton NZ

Seen last week. Quite a few IVS bulk carriers visit NZ. Most are named after birds, so presumably phinda is a type of bird.

More photos of this 180 metre long, 23,224 grt ship from 2014 are here

1946 Austin 10

Used to advertise a restaurant in central Christchurch.

1931 Auburn in the Mojave desert, California

Probably taken when near new. (L.A. Public Library)