Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
The graphic looks to be based on the TEE trains of the 1950s-1970s, but of course it is a much longer trip. It's not clear if the train actually happened as the dates shown were preceded by a few weeks by the Coronavirus scare of 2020.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
Although the livery design is similar, and if the green was replaced with red it would be the same. This was one of 12 standard gauge Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives, numbered 81 to 92, supplied by English Electric in 1955 to Jamaica. Each was powered by a 6SRKT mark 2 prime mover rated at 750 hp.
Here's a recent video on Jamaica's railways.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
For info in the 'Red Arrow' railcars from the 1930s, see earlier posts, and this webpage
"Despite its miniature dimensions, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is a "public railway", indicating that its operation is established by Act of Parliament. The original establishment of the preserved line was authorised by the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway Order 1982, the terms of which were altered under the subsequent Wells and Walsingham Light Railway (Amendment) Order 1994. Prior to 1982 the 15 in (381 mm) gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway had traded as "The World's smallest public railway", a phrase sometimes quoted by the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway since the 1982 Light Railway Order."
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022
A total of 42 of this Co-Co type were built between 1961 and 1962. The prime mover was a GM 16-567C two-stroke V16. Output was rated at 1,924 hp. This example in original green livery is now part of Le Chemin de Fer du Bocq heritage fleet.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Birdwood Street on the left. This photo was taken above the western portal of the Karori Tunnel and shows where the former tram tracks were, removed the previous year and the trenches covered in bitumen. This is one of the original silver BUT buses. For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Painting by Australian artist Ron Scobie.
"HMS Beagle was a Cherokee-class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy, one of more than 100 ships of this class. The vessel was launched on 11 May 1820 from the Woolwich Dockyard on the River Thames. Later reports say the ship took part in celebrations of the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom, passing through the old London Bridge, and was the first rigged man-of-war afloat upriver of the bridge. There was no immediate need for Beagle so she "lay in ordinary", moored afloat but without masts or rigging. She was then adapted as a survey barque and took part in three survey expeditions.
"The second voyage of HMS Beagle is notable for carrying the recently graduated naturalist Charles Darwin around the world. While the survey work was carried out, Darwin travelled and researched geology, natural history and ethnology onshore. He gained fame by publishing his diary journal, best known as The Voyage of the Beagle, and his findings played a pivotal role in the formation of his scientific theories on evolution and natural selection."