Monday, January 24, 2022

1938 Packard Super Eight soft top

Pacific Electric trolleys at the North Hollywood station, greater L.A., August 1952

Pacific Electric streetcars no. 5150 and 5132 stopped at North Hollywood Station, at 11275 Chandler Boulevard,  on the Van Nuys line in the San Fernando Valley. People are seen walking near the station, which says "Southern Pacific - Pacific Electric Station" across the top. The signs on the front of the streetcars say "Los Angeles."

In 2017 the station reopened as a commuter cafĂ©, see here and the Google Maps walkaround here

'would you like to read a good real book?'

cars in Burbank, greater L.A., early 1950s

A used-car lot and an oldtimer Oldsmobile approaching the camera.

1959 DeSoto 2-door hardtop

With Rock Hudson?

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Restoration of NSW locomotive 4916 complete


"1960s diesel locomotive 4916 has received a full overhaul by Transport Heritage NSW’s workshop team. The project included body corrosion repairs, engine tone up, electrical systems overhaul and new draw gear . . . as well as a stunning repaint of both the interior and exterior. 

"4916 was originally built by Clyde Engineering and entered service with the NSW railways in 1964. The 49 class were originally introduced to haul trains on branch lines in the far western regions of NSW, including the long section of railway to Broken Hill.

"Delivered in several batches, 4916 represents the last group of the class to enter service. 4916 will help support THNSW’s future heritage train operations.

"Congratulations to our workshop team on a brilliant job!" (THNSW pic)

1979 Leyland National bus

This was fitted with an 11-litre diesel engine.

Southern Pacific Dash 9-44CW's - numbers 8101 and 8110

thieving from containers moved by rail in L.A. has become a huge problem

A section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles has been littered with thousands of shredded boxes and packages stolen from cargo containers that stop in the area to unload.

On Saturday, railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights were trashed with a blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been rising in recent months. The images have generated national attention and revealed tension among rail operators, government officials and authorities over what can be done to reduce the thefts.

L.A. Times story

Saturday, January 15, 2022

PCC car in Mexico City

No other info. Most of these in Mexico were second hand from American cities.

Parisian steam tram promo art

Possibly pre-1900.

painting of the 1902 Paris – Vienna car race on the Arlberg Pass

By Peter Helck (17 June 1893 -- 22 April 1988), an American illustrator who specialized in depicting racing cars. 

Road racing appears to have been born in France where the first important contests were run from Paris to other cities and were called Les Grandes Epreuves (The Big Trials). 

The first one was from Paris to Berlin and was a grueling 687-mile dash. This race held during 1901 was won by Henri Fournier in his 60-h.p. Mors, a French car in which he was also victorious within the previous Paris-Bordeaux Race. This second event, the Paris to Vienna race held in 1902, was perhaps one the toughest of all early races and has become a legendary event because of this stage over the mountain pass. 

This painting depicts Baron Pierre de Caters descending from the Arlberg Pass portion of the event, which started with a hard 6000-foot climb up a wagon road crossed by car-smashing drainage ditches. On the trip up and down the other side, racers had to avoid the vertical rock slabs which were used to keep out of control wagons from plunging over the steep sides. There were more than a dozen accidents on the descent caused by burned-out brakes, leaving the racers no other means of slowing down other than crashing into the inner wall of the pass. 

De Caters later in the race ended up breaking a wheel in a shunt with Louis Renault, whose brother Marcel went on to win the event. De Caters and his Mors did manage to come in some four hours later after dealing with the wheel, finishing in the eighteen positions. 

The car has survived and is in The Collier Collection in Florida. Other outstanding Helck art is featured on The Old Motor courtesy of the Helck family. 

1960 Mercedes-Benz 180

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

1964 Buick Sport Wagon

1935 Volvo PV36

BNSF Railway to reacquire Montana Rail Link lines

 from Railfan magazine

MRL’s Gas Local is seen along the Clark Fork River in June 2018. (Justin Franz)

By Justin Franz

MISSOULA, Mont. — BNSF Railway plans to reacquire its former Northern Pacific main line across Montana that is currently operated by Montana Rail Link. 

On Monday, MRL informed employees that it would be terminating the long-term lease of its 900-mile rail line across southern Montana and northern Idaho and that BNSF would soon resume operations on the line as its “MRL Subdivision.” The deal will need to be approved by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. No date has been set for a takeover. 

In 1987, Montana industrialist Dennis Washington, through his Washington Companies, leased Burlington Northern’s secondary main line across the state and purchased a number of former NP branches, creating MRL. That lease was expected to expire in 2047 but the company has decided to get out of it early. Railroad executives noted that its traffic base has changed significantly in the last 30 years and that the vast majority of freight on the line is bridge traffic from BNSF.

Over the last several years, more than 90 percent of the traffic traversing MRL’s leased line were loads moved on behalf of BNSF,” the railroad said in a statement to Railfan & Railroad“The line has become a critical link in BNSF’s northern transcontinental network, delivering grain, consumer and industrial products to the West Coast. 

MRL was telling employees this week that BNSF had “committed to retaining all union and non-union employees of MRL in their current jobs with similar pay, benefits, seniority, and other terms of employment.” The lease termination will require the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with affected unions.

BNSF officials said the former MRL lines would be designated the “MRL Subdivision” and become part of its Montana Division, “in recognition of the shared heritage of BNSF and MRL.”

MRL gained a major following among railroad enthusiasts thanks to its older motive power, friendly crews and the stunning scenery it operated through.

Full article

1965 Ford Thames Trader Mark II logging truck+trailer

Although with no stanchions, not for substantial logs and only ones the width of the trays.  This was the last model year of the Mark II.

cars at Berendo and Wilshire, L.A., 1972

Google Maps reference:

1928 Cadillac V8 341A Town Sedan

 This one is armored too.

Monday, January 10, 2022

1956 Borgward Hansa 2400

'The Freight Train' 1954


Parkes railway station NSW, Australia, early 20th century

This small town country station, 446 km from Sydney Central, was built from 1881 to 1893 and since 1999 has been on the NSW State Heritage Register.

More info

Glasgow double decker tram and bus

Glasgow colors were green on the top half, orange on the bottom. No date is stated for this, but likely 1950s. Electric tram traction lasted from 13 October 1898 until 4 September 1962.

More info and historic photos here.