Sunday, May 31, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
This was built by Nohab in 1905 and was withdrawn in 1967. In 1972 it went to Nohab's steam club in Trollhättan where it remains, preserved.
at 2:23 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2020
KiwiRail has unveiled concept designs for a pair of greener, technologically-advanced ferries it plans to roll out within the next five years.
On Wednesday, KiwiRail said the ferries -- which would operate as Interislander services on Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton -- would increase capacity for the vital transport link.
A request for a proposal to find a preferred shipyard to build the ships was issued on Wednesday.
"The new ships will strengthen and enhance the vital transport link between the North and South Islands and represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the Cook Strait crossing," KiwiRail group chief executive Greg Miller said.
A $NZ 400 million contribution from the Government's Budget this year had enabled KiwiRail to go out to international tender to build the new ships, it said, which were intended to arrive for service in 2024 and 2025.
The funds would also go towards KiwiRail's infrastructure at ports in Wellington and Picton.
When the new ships arrive, it will have been more than 25 years since New Zealand last introduced a purpose-built ferry to its fleet.
For the history of NZ's interisland ferries, see the book Strait Crossing by Victor Young
at 11:41 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Most likely the class leader 1500 and a test train as the electric locomotives were normally used on trains between Wellington and Paekakariki in that era.
With the realignments of both the road and railway in the decades since it's a bit hard to identify exactly where this was taken. An NZR photo considered for but not used in the book Wellington Transport Memories.
at 9:53 AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Featuring a class DE2 from that year. A total 35 of these 1-Co-Co-1 type were built between then and 1958 and if they looked like the NZR Df class (2-Co-Co-2 type) of 1954, it's because they had a lot in common, including the same manufacturer.
at 6:42 AM
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Length: 63 metres
Engines: compound diagonal : 750 / 1120 x 1300 mm : 864 HP : by Sulzer (1906)
Built by Gebruder Sulzer at Winterthur, Switzerland
Launched on 15 February 1906
Wheelhouse added in 1921
Received her first major overhaul in 1976-1977 during which the original boilers were re-tubed.
Back in public service on 1 May 1977
Relaunched on 14 February 2000 after a complete rebuild at the SGV dockyard at Luzern
Webpage on the paddle steamer
at 10:24 AM
Friday, May 22, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Specifically for their concert in Havana, Cuba, their first time there. Cuba is of course known for the large number of American cars from before the 1959 Communist revolution, although many have been re-engined since. This looks to be based on a 1958 DeSoto.
at 10:41 PM
"Union Pacific engine number 7002 pulling a passenger train called the "Forty-Niner," an all-Pullman hotel-on-wheels that made a round-trip from Chicago to San Francisco every six days (via Omaha, Cheyenne, Ogden, and Reno). In 1937, Diesel-powered "Streamliners" were still a rarity, and Union Pacific had no extra Diesels available for this new service, so they streamlined two existing steam locomotives to go with the lightweight cars. This burly 4-8-2 engine handled the train over the mountainous terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden, while a similarly-styled 4-6-2 was assigned to the more level territory between Cheyenne and Omaha. They were the only two steam locomotives given this styling and paint scheme. The train here is seen thundering eastbound up Weber Canyon, Utah, east of Ogden. They left Oakland Pier late yesterday morning, and they will be in Chicago early tomorrow afternoon. The designers and stylists got it exactly right-- this engine exudes determination, and unstoppability."
Colorized b/w photo by Imbued with Hues, from its FB page
at 9:10 AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
at 11:01 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Unit 25620 probably with a train from Menton or Ventimiglia. The supports for the Voie Pierre Mathis elevated road, then being constructed, are obvious.
A total 194 units of the dual current (1.5 kV DC and 25 kV AC) 25500 class were built by Alsthom betweem 1964 and 1976. They had a continuous power rating of 2,940 kW (3,920 hp) and a service weight of circa 80 tonnes. More
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