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The train will depart at 2:00 PM from Ramses Railway station in downtown Cairo for Alexandria’s Sidi Gaber station.
Starting on Sunday, December 25, 2022, two trains will depart from Misr station in Alexandria and Sidi Gaber station at 5:55 AM and 6:05 AM, respectively, per week. They go to Ramses Railway station, where two trips will return heading for Alexandria’s stations.
On August 9, 2022, Egypt and Spain's Talgo signed a contract for the latter to supply seven luxurious sleeper trains, which will be a total of 126 railcars, and provide maintenance and spare parts for 15 years.
Every train will consist of 10 second-class passenger railcars, five first-class passenger railcars, two dining cars, and a power car. The contract also provides that Talgo and Egypt's Semaf Locomotives join forces on localizing sleeper train production.
This signing is the second protocol in the field of localizing the mobile unit industry in Egypt, after the contract to localize 320 subway vehicles with 40 trains, which was previously signed with the Hyundai Rotem and Nerk companies union to localize the metro train industry, with the aim of meeting the expected increase in the number of passengers in the coming years. (from EgyptToday.com)
Saturday, December 24, 2022
It's been yet another year of worldwide absurdity caused by politicians and it's no wonder they are so much despised. But it's now time to focus instead, if only briefly, on the things that are cause for happiness and pleasure.
We also plea for positive steps by all governments towards genuine, lasting peace and prosperity.
Next year we plan to revive to some extent our retail operation, but the main activity, as it has been now by some 5 years, will continue to publishing services, whether for digital, print publications or both.
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A photo from December 2019 by Geoff Churchman. In the distance is Kapiti Island. This trip was organised by Steam Inc. of Paekakariki. For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.
A 1992 UAZ 4523741 Buhanka
Monday, December 19, 2022
Still plenty of steam at that time.
"The 291km track takes in a mix of deep gorges, craggy cliffs, cascading falls, lakes and rivers from Sri Lanka's west coast into its mountainous interior. It twists and turns through 46 tunnels, snaking past high montane canopy with bright red rhododendrons and wild ferns, a fragment of the native hill country forest cover left untouched by British colonisers. On a bright day, sun-drenched hills stretch down to the glistening southern coastline from the train window as far as the eye can see.
"This slow, 10-hour long journey might be inconvenient for the modern-day traveller, but it's so enchantingly scenic that it's become a bucket list adventure for many visitors."
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This interurban railway ran for 38 miles between Tacoma and Seattle, Washington between 1902 and 1928. The railway's reporting mark was "PSE".
This is a traditional maritime navigation instrument which today has been made redundant by GPS, although ships' officers are still expected to know how to use one.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica it determines "the angle between the horizon and a celestial body such as the Sun, the Moon, or a star, used in celestial navigation to determine latitude and longitude. The device consists of an arc of a circle, marked off in degrees, and a movable radial arm pivoted at the centre of the circle. A telescope, mounted rigidly to the framework, is lined up with the horizon. The radial arm, on which a mirror is mounted, is moved until the star is reflected into a half-silvered mirror in line with the telescope and appears, through the telescope, to coincide with the horizon. The angular distance of the star above the horizon is then read from the graduated arc of the sextant. From this angle and the exact time of day as registered by a chronometer, the latitude can be determined (within a few hundred metres) by means of published tables.
"The name comes from the Latin sextus, or one-sixth, for the sextant’s arc spans 60°, or one-sixth of a circle. Octants, with 45° arcs, were first used to calculate latitude. Sextants were first developed with wider arcs for calculating longitude from lunar observations, and they replaced octants by the second half of the 18th century."
Pretty much the only thing that still exists in this Norm Daniel pic is the Tasman Hotel in the background (now called Richmond Estate). The red railcar was headed for Taumarunui over the Stratford-Okahukura Line, and the blue one, named the Blue Streak, to Wellington. There is still a single track line to the port through here.
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