Thursday, April 30, 2020

Stagecoach Hold Up art, 1895

By Australian impressionist painter Tom Roberts (1856-1931) showing bushrangers holding up a stagecoach.

1938 Bedford ML bus at Fox Glacier, NZ

No other info; a posed souvenir photo by those on an excusion to the glacier?

Monday, April 27, 2020

1963 Rover P4 110

the Union Steam Ship Company's 'Takapuna'

The SS Takapuna was built at the Barrow Shipbuilding Company as it was then known in 1883. She was a pioneer vessel in NZ inter-island trade with passengers and mail, her shallow draught allowing access to small ports around the developing nation. A hard worker which gave sterling service, she was scuttled in 1925 after a brief lay-up.  (Oil pianting by Wallace Trickett)

1974 Austin Allegro 1300 2-door SDL

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Louisiana Cypress Lumber Company 2-6-0, 1960s

Built by Lima in 1906, now preserved -- info

1955 DKW 3=6

This model had with a 900 cc two-stroke three-cylinder engine, a 4 speed column change and front wheel drive.

The 3=6 name came initially as an advertising slogan for the F89 Body cars, but, when the facelift F91 bodies came about, the 3=6 name was to the fore, and the car was advertised as the Large 3=6. The point of the advertising slogan was to highlight an equivalence between the car's two-stroke three-cylinder engine and a four-stroke six-cylinder engine common in many other cars at the time.

someone is an exhibitionist...

1948 Mercury

1954 Ford Consul Mark 1

1970 Buick LeSabre 4-door hardtop

Friday, April 24, 2020

railroad station in Townsend, Delaware, in steam days

The line still exists and the building looks to exist still also...

NAC Fokker Friendship

Now at the Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum. For lots more, see the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and affiliates since 1940.

Great Northern Railway (Britain) 4-2-2 'Stirling Single' class steam locomotive, late 19th century

Not only the loco, the 'dog box' style passenger cars with each compartment having its own doors are also interesting.

This was one of 53 of this class designed by Richard Sterling and built between 1870 and 1895. "The first of the class, No 1 is the only engine to be preserved. It is exhibited at the National Railway Museum, York."

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

most cruise ship are back in home ports, but there is a bio-downside

The majority of cruise ships that were in the South Atlantic or South Pacific are nearing the end of their journeys back to European or American waters north of the equator.  In a week or so they will all be back, and apart from a few still moving from berth to anchorage, the unique situation will be that all the world’s cruise ships will be laid-up due to the effects of coronavirus.

A new lay-up area that has come into use in the last  few days is Manila Bay, where Pacific ExplorerQueen ElizabethSea PrincessSun Princess are anchored, and where Majestic Princess, Sapphire PrincessSpectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas are also heading.

The largest concentration of cruise ships is in the Miami area.  The Great Bahamas Bank occupies the area between Cuba, Miami, Port Everglades, Freeport and the Bahamas and provides numerous suitable areas for anchoring.  Cruise ships are frequently moving from an anchorage into a nearby port to spend perhaps a day alongside for bunkers, water, stores and crew changes, before returning out to an anchorage. The cruise ship managers ashore will have been kept very busy organising these movements with port authorities.  Minimal sea crew are on board at this time, all (most) hospitality crew have been paid-off.

If a cruise-ship spends a lengthy period of time lying at anchor/berthed in shallow and tropical waters, there is a good chance that the ship may experience hull biofouling and need in-water cleaning before resuming commercial service.

(Thanks to Mike Pryce for this.)

Friday, April 17, 2020

video released of Moscow airport plane crash last year

Investigators have released a dramatic video showing the moment a packed Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 burst into flames, killing 41 people, shortly after being struck by lightning.

Video of the 2019 incident was released on Thursday morning by Russian transport investigation authorities, who have now laid charges against the pilot.

The crash happened at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow in May last year.

The aircraft was struck by lightning shortly after departing Moscow for Murmansk, but returned immediately and made a 'jumping' landing at the airport.

The video shows the aircraft sliding sideways shortly after landing, before bursting into flames. The first emergency slide is deployed 17 seconds after the explosion.