Friday, October 15, 2021

Soviet cruise ship 'Shota Rustaveli' in 1969

The ship was completed the previous year, scrapped in 2003 -- info

Here it was seen at the Captain Cook Wharf in Auckland, looking north along Commerce Street, with the Union Steam Ship Company building at right and a turning Auckland Regional Authority trolleybus.   Nearest the camera is a late 1960s Vauxhall Viva. (Taken by John Burgess Rowntree, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

circa 1910 Maxwell


Stadler and KiwiRail sign a contract for 57 mainline locomotives

 Edited media release from Stadler

This may not be the actual design.

Stadler and KiwiRail have signed a long-term framework agreement with a first call off for the supply of 57 diesel mainline locomotives. The order value is around 228 million Euros. This is the first contract for Stadler in New Zealand. 

KiwiRail is a New Zealand government state-owned enterprise, which is responsible for New Zealand’s national rail network, and operates New Zealand rail freight and between-island ferry services. Under this contract, Stadler will supply a latest state of the art Co-Co monocoque locomotive, cape gauge, customized to KiwiRail requirements. The new locomotives will be used for freight and passenger rail operation predominately in the South Island, with its challenging track topography. 

Following Stadler’s focus on providing sustainable solutions for railway transportation, the locomotives will be compliant with the latest European emission standard (Stage V). This results not only in a substantial reduction of nitrogen oxides and particulate emission and in the consequential cost to environment and public health, but also in optimized combustion, lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 

The two-cab, narrow body locomotives will be equipped with a diesel engine providing an installed diesel power of 3000 kW, that will in many cases allow KiwiRail to operate its trains with less locomotives than in the current services. Each of the two cabs will be designed in close cooperation with KiwiRail and according to the latest European standards aiming to achieve an ergonomic, comfortable and safe working environment for KiwiRail’s engineers. 

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller said: “The 57 locomotives will replace our South Island fleet, which has an average age of 47 years. Stadler’s high quality, fuel efficient, more powerful locomotives will allow us to improve service reliability to get more freight off New Zealand’s roads and onto rail. The low emission locomotives are also an important step in KiwiRail’s plan to be emission neutral by 2050.” 

Greg Miller added: “It’s a pleasure to work with Stadler. Their professional interactions, quality of engagement and state of the art designs ensure we are partnering with a company that will deliver an outstanding outcome for KiwiRail and New Zealand, and enable our South Island fleet to take advantage of technology advancements well into the future . I’m already looking forward to seeing the first new locomotives heading down our Kaikoura coast in 2024.” 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Virginian Railway electric EL-2B class locomotive

Virginian Railway locomotive 128 hauls a coal train at Ellett in 1956. This was one of 4 built by General Electric in 1948, a (Bo′Bo′)(Bo′Bo′)+(Bo′Bo′)(Bo′Bo′) type with a power output of 6,800 hp and used on the 133-mile (214 km) electrified portion of the railroad, from Roanoke, Virginia to Mullens, West Virginia.

They were the largest two-unit electric locomotives used in North America and were powered by 11 kV, 25 Hz AC from overhead. They were retired and sold for scrap shortly after the 1959 merger of the Virginian with the Norfolk and Western Railway. None of the 4 examples were preserved.

an SP oil tanker train in Soledad Canyon, California, 1991

A 4-unit lash-up, the lead is an SD40T-2 in the short-lived Kodachrome livery. From the look of it, a fair bit of time had been spent inside tunnels.

Source with more

it still goes

PKP (Poland) postal rail car model

Made by Piko, HO scale.

attaching a baby buggy to the front of Christchurch NZ bus in 1970

A still from a promo film on Pan Am destinations. See earlier posts.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

1938 Delahaye 135m Cabriolet

CP's H20EL, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered freight locomotive prototype

According to Railway Age, Canadian Pacific’s (CP) H20EL, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered linehaul freight locomotive prototype, will be prepared shortly for official painting and launch.

CP in an October 5 Twitter post provided a video rendering of the H20EL, which stands for Hydrogen Zero Emissions Locomotive (see below). It also included unit details on the “Sustainability Driven” section of its website.

CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program in December 2020 announced work on the H2OEL, a retrofit of an existing diesel-electric linehaul locomotive. The diesel prime mover and traction alternator are being replaced with hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to power the unit’s electric traction motors. Ballard is supplying six 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules, which will provide a total of 1.2 megawatts of electricity to power the locomotive.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Egypt has had enough of abandoned cars on the streets, plans to remove them

According to a news article, "All abandoned vehicles in Egypt will be towed without permission from owners in six months after the relevant draft law is passed by the House of Representatives."

If anyone is keen on finding a free classic car in need of some "Tender Loving Care", now seems the time to do it.

For those interested in ones in better condition, there is a Classic Cars in Egypt Facebook page.

"Used to be Blue" derelict car art by Ann Hart

Ann Hart is an acclaimed watercolor artist in Cape Cod, Massachusetts,  This is a scene from the TV program "Put some color in your life", viewable here.