In the medium background the locomotive has entered the tunnel in this location. A scene from a Plandampf excursion in the early1990s.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
"Twenty-seven A3s were built from new, until 1935, with little variation except for a new type of boiler with a "banjo dome", an oval steam collector that was placed on top of the rear boiler ring. The first banjo dome was hidden beneath the casing of Cock o' the North of 1934; it was subsequently used in the A4 streamliners. The last nine A3 Pacifics were constructed with the device in 1935, and it became a standard fitting on all LNER large, wide-firebox boilers that were applied to new locomotives until 1949. It was also applied to replacement boilers on the A3s.
"Although all of the original Class A1 locomotives were eventually rebuilt to Class A3 specifications, it was a drawn-out process that lasted until 1949; 60068 Sir Visto was the last locomotive to be converted. The changeover to left-hand drive took longer, and continued into the Fifties."
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Saturday, May 28, 2022
They were built by 2 manufacturers, Valmet and Lokomo, both based in Tampere. All with even road numbers were produced by Valmet, while all odd numbers were produced by Lokomo. They were withdrawn in the early 1990s and one is now preserved -- it was used at the VR Group's 150th anniversary in August 2012 on the Hanko – Hyvinkää line (above pic). Hyvinkää is the location of the Finnish Railway Museum.
Friday, May 27, 2022
A painting by the late Peter Baker from a 1967 calendar. The Taupo Totara Timber Co. Mallet No. 7 was a 2-4-4-2 tender locomotive built in 1912 by the American Locomotive Company at Schenectady, New York, It is now preserved at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway south of Auckland as GVR No. 4 and it is NZ's only Mallet Compound Steam Engine. It last worked in 2001 and has been stored since.
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Thursday, May 26, 2022
Seen in action last year. This has been made multi-voltage so it can travel to Benelux that uses different electric overhead systems to that used in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. See earlier posts. (Still from an SBB Historic video)
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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
(Screenshot from this short video)Here is a Portuguese-language article which says contractors were dispatched, but the locals removed the patch and allowed the train to pass; the person who made the mistake was fired.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Pacific Electric interurban car #5175 passes the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl along North Highland Avenue on 27 December 1952.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Unit D503 in the days of green livery plus an apron of yellow.
From keymodelworld.com"THE D600 CLASS OF diesel-hydraulics, all of which were named after warships, were one of the earliest attempts to find a satisfactory solution to the requirement for a mid-power locomotive. Although intended to become one of the diesel standard classes, their design satisfied no one, and production was soon halted in favour of a new revolutionary model, which was to become the ‘Warship’ that we all know and love today.
"In the years following the austerity of the Second World War all four of the British railway companies were examining ways of improving efficiency by replacing steam with more modern forms of traction. The London Midland & Scottish, the Southern and the London and North Eastern all took their inspiration from the USA where there was already widespread use of diesel-electric locomotives while the Great Western decided to examine the possibilities of gas-turbine propulsion – a radical new source of power undergoing rapid development in the aviation sector.
"Following nationalisation in 1948, diesel development was largely in the hands of former LMS men, which led to development of the successful English Electric prototypes 10000-10001 into locomotives such as the Class 37 and the Class 40. Such locomotives did not find universal favour, however, with the primary cause for concern being their very low power to weight ratio – particularly in relation to the Class 40s which had to use a 16 wheel 1-Co-Co-1 chassis to convey the massive bulk of the design without exceeding axle load limits.
"Engineers on the Western Region were convinced that a better solution was to be found in Europe where the idea of lightweight high-speed power units driving hydraulic transmission was gaining ground. Further advantages could also be gained by fitting such engines into lightweight bodywork with pre-stressed sides, which therefore left the maximum horsepower available for working a train."
Also from the Slides Worth Seeing FB page is this view of Auckland before the skyscrapers with the tram tracks still in place, even though they had ended two years earlier. The MLC building in the distance is still there, but now dwarfed. A new Chevrolet Bel Air can be seen parked on the left. (Pic credited to JBL Tucker)