Friday, July 1, 2022

1967 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Opel Olympia Rekord and the Rüsselsheim Factory in Germany

'I like to read a proper real book, not a pretend one'

SS 'Florida' cruise ship of the P. & O. Steamship Company

Florida in Nassau circa 1955.

Built in Newport News, Virginia, in 1931, the SS Florida accommodated 612 passengers in first class and 130 in second class. P. & O. owned and operated this liner from Florida throughout her 37-year career, except for 4 years in World War II. Originally the SS Florida connected Tampa, Key West and Havana. In 1934 service was transferred to a Miami--Havana route; in 1954 a weekly Miami--Nassau round-trip was tried briefly to compete with the Eastern Steamship Line, but the Florida was reverted back to three times a week Miami-Havana round-trip sailings. The fare included transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.  

Finally in 1959, with growing unrest in Cuba, the Florida was permanently assigned to twice-weekly Miami-Nassau cruise service until her final lay-up in 1966. The end is recorded as being in 1967.

Some memorabilia items are on this webpage.

950 mm gauge Compound Mallet from 1938, Eritrea

This Ansaldo-built 442 steam locomotive is still in use in Eritrea for transporting cargo from the port city of Massawa to the capital Asmara almost 2.5 km higher. It's also used as a tourist attraction as the climb is one of the steepest (with 3%+ grades) and most spectacular one can make with a steam train in the world. (Noah Hafra pic)

The Eritrean Railway, the only one in the country, was constructed between 1887 and 1932 during the Italian Eritrea colonial era. Originally it also connected to Bishia. The line was partly damaged by warfare in subsequent decades, but was rebuilt in the 1990s. Vintage equipment is still used on the line, including the 442 class: four still exist of which three are in running order.

1937 Rover P2

1937 Bugatti 57SC

1936 Standard Ten

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

East African Railway / Kenya Railways locomotive stamps, 1996

The EAR metre-gauge system also covered Uganda. See earlier posts.

Japanese 2-8-2 with a freight train seen in 1971

One of the 285 examples of the Class D52 built by the Japanese Government Railways (Now Japanese National Railways) and various manufacturers -- Kisha Seizo, Nippon Sharyo, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- from 1943 to 1946. 

The designation consists of a "D" for the four sets of driving wheels and the class number 52 for tender locomotives that the numbers 50 through 99 were assigned to under the 1928 locomotive classification rule.

Seven are preserved.

1939 Lincoln Zephyr

LNER steamer enters the Bramhope Tunnel, England, 1929

A view of the crenellated north portal by Linda Spashett

The tunnel, 2.14 miles (3.44 km) long, was constructed by the Leeds & Thirsk Railway and opened in 1849. The railway included several major structures including this tunnel. The line is no longer a through 'main line' to the North East, but is still in use as the branch to Harrogate and York. (photo showing a 4-4-2 'Atlantic' type in 1929 via Mike Ashworth collection)

1937 Studebaker President

1922 Sunbeam 2-Litre Grand Prix racing car

Pacific Fruit Express 57ft Reefer box car

At the time this was part of the SP fleet, later the UP fleet.

1936 Lagonda Rapier


'Do you like what you see - lots of real books?'

1940s IFA F8 between Pausa and Plauen, DDR days

1960s Leyland bus in Malta

Monday, June 27, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022

General Tires advertisement, 1946

 The company was founded in 1915 in Akron, Ohio, and still operates.

Norwegian cargo ship 'Ravnefjell' seen in the mid-1950s

A postcard pic taken in the Welland Canal, Ontario, Canada. This was built in 1937 as Ravnefjell at Nylands Verksted, Oslo for A/S Luksefjell (Olsen & Ugelstad), Oslo, launched on 11/11 1938 and delivered on 24 January 1939. In 1940 Nortraship became managers from April. In January 1955 the ship was sold to Ekerholts Rederi A/S (Birger Ekerholt), Oslo and renamed Ringstein

In January 1958 she was taken over by Birger Ekerholt, Oslo. In 1959 she was sold to Talamanca Cia. (Cia. Marittima Italiana, Genova, Italy), Panama and renamed Altair. On 11 September 1966 she was wrecked near Achowa Point, Ghana while on a voyage from Messina, Italy to Nigeria with bentonite. 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Yugoslavian steam locomotive stamps, 1992

All look like 19th century builds. This must have been one of the last Yugoslav commemorative stamp issues as that year the country violently broke up.

Bäckefors station, Sweden, circa 1936


This was built in 1931 to replace the first one from 1879. The car at left is a 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe.

1965 Humber Super Snipe Mark 2

Cook Strait rail ferry 'Aranui' leaves Wellington mid 1970s

For the full story and lots of pictures, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Victor Young