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.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
a streetcar but no trucks or cars, Mannheim, West Germany, circa 1970
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
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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)
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 A total of 194 were built between 1957 and 1973 and were all withdrawn by 2003, of which 2 are preserved.
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.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Southern Railway (England) electric multiple unit art, circa 1946
Friday, January 24, 2020
two KiwiRail DXC's at Picton, NZ
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Olaya radiators advert, 1936
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
Lots more here
Monday, January 20, 2020
late 1940s Alfa Romeo type 800 truck
Sunday, January 19, 2020
sugar cane train in Ba, Fiji, September 1949
These were 2 ft gauge and had much in common with the sugar cane railways of Queensland, Australia. They still exist, diesel operated today.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Auckland trams at the Greenlane Road terminus in 1954
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
Thursday, January 16, 2020
prediction of Swiss transport in 2002 made in 1957
The Schwebebahn didn't happen anywhere, but the appearance of the high speed trains wasn't too far out.
1970 Simca 1200 S coupe
Geneva, Switzerland, car and bike first exhibition poster, 1905
apples being loaded aboard the 'Cap Norte' in Gisborne, NZ, April 1970
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
LAPD helicopter on Mt Wilson on 3 January
The snow level was down to about 3,000 ft, quite low by SoCal norms. Info on the LAPD Air Support Division.
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