Friday, January 31, 2020

tram next to the Christchurch Press building, circa 1910

The building was an icon of Christchurch until it was a victim of the February 2011 earthquake.  The one partially visible on the right is still there: see earlier post.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

NZR Wa class 2-6-2T at Te Karaka, April 1909

A Percy Godber photo at this station on the former Motuhora Branch Line. A total 15 were built, 11 new and 4 converted, from old J class 2-6-0 locomotives between 1892 and 1903 at NZR's Addington and Hillside workshops. One, number 165, is preserved in Gisborne. For lots more, see our books.

a cheap panel repair job

It may not last too long, though: rain would be a problem.

Monday, January 27, 2020

trolleys on Market Street, San Francisco, 1953

There are still trolleys along this street, see earlier posts. (Charles W. Cushman/Indiana University archives)

'I like touchy-feely books, not e-readers'

truck listening against the wall?

Deutsche Bundesbahn 150 class electric loco, West Germany

This was basically a stretched version of the more numerous E40 (140) class Bo-Bo type and intended for heavy freight trains.  The 150 class had six powered axles (Co-Co type) rather than 4 (Bo-Bo type) and had a power output of 6,000 hp (4500 kW). A total of 194 were built between 1957 and 1973 and were all withdrawn by 2003, of which 2 are preserved.

late 1940s White bus of San Francisco Muni

See earlier posts.

end of train observation car of the 'Texas Zephyr' in Denver, Colorado, 1966

Near the end of the train's existence.  This ran between Denver and Dallas-Fort Worth.  Info and see earlier posts.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Olaya radiators advert, 1936

Showing internal combustion vehicles of the time.

MV 'Dominion Monarch' art

The oil painting by Wallace Trickett shows the 27,155 grt Dominion Monarch off Wellington heads inbound. Built at the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson yard at Wallsend in 1938 for Shaw, Savill & Albion, the largest vessel in the UK-NZ trade route, she became the largest vessel of her time to visit Napier (1939). Length was 657.6 ft (200 metres) and breadth 84.8 ft (26 metres).

The ship was powered by 4 Doxford Diesels built by Swan Hunter and Doxford giving a maximum output of 32,000 b.h.p.

Surviving WW2, she remained a regular visitor to New Zealand until 1962 when she was sold to the Mitsui organisation of Japan for work at Seattle in the Twentieth Century Fair held there, but turned into a financial flop and was finally taken to Osaka where she was broken up in November of that year.

Lots more here

Ripolin paint delivery van, France, 1920s

What is it?

'I like the feel of real books, not small screens'

Monday, January 20, 2020

1925 Citroen promo art

late 1940s Alfa Romeo type 800 truck

"Production of civilian version of the Alfa Romeo 800 began after World War II. The civilian trucks got the grille with 5 horizontal bars (but the first civilian truck had the fine mesh or similar to military trucks 800RE grille) and extended cab for better comfort of the driver and passenger. There was a version with sleeper cabin too. Soon, the Model 800 has been replaced by the Model 900 with a more powerful engine."  (

1928 Renault truck poster

Friday, January 17, 2020

tramway through the Tour de l'Horloge, Pont-de-Veyle, France

The clock tower was built circa 1353, and is the sole remnant of the old town fortifications. The tram was actually a metre gauge steam railway that went from Saint Trivier de Courtes to Trevoux, part of the Tramways de l'Ain network.  This line closed in 1936 and was replaced by a bus service. Info

a DB class 078 class 4-6-4T runs through Lauffen, 1973

Info on the Prussian T18.