Sunday, February 28, 2021
Egypt to receive last batch of General Electric train engines this March
Egypt has received 100 out of 110 train engines in the $602.05-million deal. The contract also consists of the rehabilitation of 81 others of the current fleet at Tebin Workshop in Cairo, and the supply of spare parts and maintenance of 181 engines over 15 years at a cost of $575 million. That is in addition to offering technical support embodied in training 30 engineers and 245 technicians.
The Ministry of Transportation revealed there is more to those engines as they are remote control locomotives that can be operated from towers designed for that purpose.
Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) Sami Abdel Tawab told Al Watan newspaper in August that the new engines are mainly operated by the drivers and that the control tower serves to intervene in emergencies.
OBB (Austrian Federal Railways) poster, 1960s
trams in Theatre Boulevard, Riga, Latvia, early 20h century
Trams in the capital of Latvia have run since 1882, electrically powered since 1901. The present day system extends 153 km in the Soviet 5ft (1524 mm) gauge. See earlier posts.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
traffic on South Broadway, L.A., 1963
a sea trip to England including a diesel multiple unit, Netherlands, 1939
Roermond is actually a fair way inland, presumably where the the train began/ended. The departure point for the ship would have been Hoek van Holland.
1926 Panhard Levassor 8 cylinder
ship 'Sumbawa' (1954)
Built: Nakskov Skibsværft, Nakskov, Denmark (completed March 1954)
Tonnage: 10550 dwt., 5230 nt., 8830 grt Length: 149.67 m (491'0")Beam: 19.35 m (63'7")
Renamed & reflagged 1972 (Zuider Sea, Somali Republic), reflagged 1976 (Panama). Broken up 1983.
Friday, February 26, 2021
1948 Aston Martin DB1
entrance to the Summit tunnel on the Rimutaka Incline, NZ, circa 1900
The boy up the signal looks too young to have been there for any official reason, perhaps he was the son the photographer. See earlier posts.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
1952 Triumph Mayflower
trains on the old Memel (Klaipeda) Dange river bridge near Janischken, Lithuania
"The railway bridge over Dangė river was built in 1874, during the construction of Klaipėda-Tilsit railway. The bridge was built by workers from Joniškis. Built of stones with five semi-circular arches, it looked rather stern and magnificent. Eventually the trains between Klaipėda and Tilsit became regular."The highest arch of the bridge was 13.25 metres wide and 8.5 m high above water. The bridge supports had ledges, which used to protect it against damage during the ice-drift. However, the bridge was inconvenient for ship traffic: ships had to lower their masts to pass through. Therefore, it was equipped with a special mechanism to raise the masts. The primary bridge was destroyed in 1944–1945, as the Red Army took over the city. The current metal bridge was reconstructed after the war. A fragment of the stonework of the old bridge can still be visible near the foundation of the new one." Source
See earlier posts on Memel.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
traffic on 5th Avenue, NYC, circa 1922
With a traffic control tower before the age of traffic lights.
radiator anti-freeze poster, France
Short S-25 Sandringham Mk 4 Tasman Class
Seen in Ansett Australian use, this was also used in NZ -- info and lots more pics
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
150 years of the Laroche--Migennes railway, France, 1999
Electric locomotives in the dépôt de Laroche, with one of the BB 26000 class Bo-Bo type Sybics in the centre left. More
Monday, February 22, 2021
Boeing recommends grounding more than 120 of its 777 jets worldwide following a catastrophic engine failure on a United Airlines plane in Denver, CO
The company said on Sunday night that airlines using the same type of engine that scattered debris across Denver before making an emergency landing should suspend operations until inspections could be carried out
Flight 328 was flying from Denver International Airport to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board on Saturday when one engine failed shortly after take-off. Police in Broomfield, Colorado posted photos of pieces of debris from the plane near houses and other buildings. There were no reports of any injuries on the ground or among the passengers.
United Airlines said it was temporarily grounding all 24 of its Boeing 777s on active duty, and Japan’s aviation regulator swiftly followed suit, ordering Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) to cease flying 777s that use the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines while it considered whether to take additional measures. Japan said ANA operated 19 of that kind and JAL operated 13.
The planes are also used by carriers in South Korea. A spokeswoman for South Korea’s transport ministry, speaking before Boeing’s statement, said it was monitoring the situation but had not yet taken any action. Korean Air Lines said it had 12 of the planes, half of them stored, and it would consult with the manufacturer and regulators and stop flying them to Japan for now.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Salzburg to Munich by electric train, 1932
Issued by the Reichsbahn in Munich. It's not obvious whether that's meant to be a locomotive or Elektro-Triebwagen.
beach buggy art
Advertising the Ile de Ré which is an island offshore from La Rochelle, France. Since 1988 it has been connected to the mainland by a 2.9 km bridge. This poster is available commercially as a print.
Binetta moped poster, 1960
"3 gear. Two tone enameling. Racy and Beautiful."
"Binetta were Rabeneick mopeds sold in the UK from 1956 to 1961. They were powered by by Sachs engines of 47cc and 98cc. In Germany, they were advertised as Rabeneick Binetta. Some sources make mention of an association with Horex."
Saturday, February 20, 2021
taxi rank in Pigeon Park, Wellington, circa 1930
Looking north. Today this street is one-way in the opposite direction. A 1926 Chevrolet is in the centre with a Hudson behind it, probably also 1926
Friday, February 19, 2021
Soviet 2-8-4 IS20 class
Stettin harbor graphic stamp, Germany, 1920
"The gateway of the Baltic Sea." This looks to have been a promotional stamp that could be added to a letter or packet as well as the postage stamp.
Since 1945 Stettin, respelled, has been in Poland.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Pacific Electric steeple cab freight locomotive
A 820-hp unit built in 1925 for the Interurban railway's 600 Volt DC system, withdrawn in 1958. More info
Monday, February 15, 2021
"Reach for the Start: 'Mischief', 1881"
"Captain Nathaniel Clock helms Mischief, with her unusual vertical wheel, down New York Harbor toward the start of the first race of the 1881 America’s Cup defense. The tug Edward Luckenback, serving as the New York Yacht Club committee boat, follows close astern, while the steamer Cygnus and Canadian challenger Atalanta fall behind."
Sunday, February 14, 2021
the old Mangaroa Tunnel, NZ, now on a mini rail trail
The two of us in Wellington made a trip last week to the Tunnel Gully Recreational Area north of Upper Hutt. It is named after this former 221-metre-long tunnel on the old railway alignment between Maymorn and Cross Creek which included the famous Rimutaka Incline. This line was opened to traffic in 1878 and ended when it was replaced with the Rimutaka Tunnel deviation in 1955. There are a few km of the old alignment that can be walked or cycled over in the park.
Note that the long time spelling of Rimutaka was changed to Remutaka in 2017, a change which remains controversial.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
1937 Studebaker Woody Wagon model
A 1:18-scale 1937 Studebaker Woody Wagon sculpture with official logos of the Indian Motorcycle Company.
Southern Pacific SD45T-2s at Caliente, California
1972 Morris Minor van
Used to advertise an ice cream parlor and cafe in Sanson, NZ. For lots more, see the book The New Zealand Morris Minor Story