Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wellington tram on Waterloo Quay, 1949

A tram from Brooklyn nears its destination of the Railway Station out of sight to the left.  Three goods wagons are on the railway sidings across the road.  These sidings were later shortened and no longer reach this area.

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

'a real book is much better than an e-reader'

vintage Citroen racing car graphic

trolley in Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1953

"The picture is from 1953, and shows Hamilton Street, from Penn Street down toward the railroad stations. At that time we still had two stations" read the rest  (see also the earlier posts).

the effect of dust storms on the Mars explorer vehicle

1981 Dassault Falcon 50 trijet

One of 352 built between 1976-2008 most of which were bought by corporates and by 4 air forces -- more info

electric tram in Parnell Road, Auckland, 1900s

See earlier posts and our books for more.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

1927 Willys 'C' Cab truck

Shaw Savill's SS 'Gothic' (1947)

This 15,902 grt ship was designated a royal yacht from 1952 to 1954; eventually scrapping took place in 1969. More info

Leuchtturm Dornbusch on the island of Hiddensee in DDR days

Yes, those are DDR border guards patrolling to prevent citizens from escaping the freedom of the workers' paradise to the slavery of the capitalist west. The 28-metre tall lighthouse, now painted white with a red top, was put in operation in 1888; the beam shines for 45 km over the Ostsee (Baltic). It can be visited. More info

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

'I like a real book'

Berlin sightseeing boat MS 'Pankow'

This is still in use -- see this page

trams and Ikarus 55 tour bus in Leninplatz, East Berlin

As it was called in DDR days, after reunification renamed Platz der Vereinten Nationen (United Nations Place).  The giant statue of Lenin was removed in the early 1990s (a helicopter transporting the head away was a scene in the movie Goodbye Lenin).

Info on the bus

Monday, June 22, 2020

1967 Checker Marathon

"No other car looks like, is built like, rides like" -- which may have been claims hard to challenge, but not necessarily positive ones...

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

1935 Hoffman X8 sedan

The was a one-off and the engine was in the shape of an X. More info and pics  (These pics by Abel Ardo)

tug 'James O'Brien'

Formerly Kawatiri, a 72 ft (22 metres) ocean-going tug and the last one of 16 assembled in Auckland, NZ for the US Navy, launched in 1948.

It has an Atlas Imperial diesel engine driving a 68"x 56" propeller. Speed: 8 Knots @ 250 rpm.

football suspension

You wonder how long it will last.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Avro 689 Tudor 2 advertisement art, 1946

"The Avro Type 688 Tudor was a British piston-engined airliner based on Avro's four-engine Lincoln bomber, itself a descendant of the famous Lancaster heavy bomber, and was Britain's first pressurised airliner. Customers saw the aircraft as little more than a pressurised DC-4 Skymaster, and few orders were forthcoming [38 were built over 1945–1949], important customers preferring to buy US aircraft. The tailwheel undercarriage layout was also dated and a disadvantage."

The particular aircraft depicted in the art, G-AGSU, actually crashed the following year -- a summary account is here

Brooklyn Mass Transit 3-car Q set from 1938, New York

Seen approaching the Seneca Avenue station in 1962.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

tram train in Vienna

A motorised type MH tramcar hauling wagons with ballast in September 1979. (source)

a Ww 4-6-4T with a mixed train approaches Pitcaithly's station, Hutt Valley, Wellington, circa 1920

Pitcaithly’s was one of several stations opened in 1908 on the Hutt Valley line on the western side of the river. It was closed as a station in 1938 although the line itself past Melling lasted until 1954 when the double track line on the eastern side of the river was completed.  See the book Wellington Transport Memories for more.