Sunday, February 28, 2021
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.
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
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.
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
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
"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
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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
Sunday, February 21, 2021
"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
Friday, February 19, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
"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 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.