Tuesday, May 24, 2022

cars in Nogales, Mexico, 1950s - 1960s


Nogales, Mexico, is literally on the other side of the border fence with Nogales, Arizona, see earlier posts.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Czech 2-8-2 steam locomotive from 1922

Loco 423.009 built by Adamovské strojírny / Škoda plants is seen in Marienbad (Marianske Lazne), one of 20 of this series.

Specifications are on this webpage

More info here

'I like to find out what good real books say'

1933 Tatra bus in Bratislava, Slovakia, 1947

Seen with a wood gas generator installed. This was one of two built -- technical details are here

1983 Volvo Turbo 244

"Turbo" was something of a buzzword in the 1980s; one of us remembers buying a vacuum cleaner that had turbo in the name!

More pics here

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

1924 Stewart truck

via Barrett-Jackson.com

More info on Stewart

1931 Stewart truck

British Railways 'warship'

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."

buses in the Wanaka Transport Museum

The 1954 Leyland Comet 90 in the middle has an interesting livery, probably not that of a municipality; was someone influenced by Southern Pacific Railroad's Daylight?

cars in Upper Queen Street, Auckland, 1958

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)

Present day Google Maps reference

Saturday, May 14, 2022

'I'm so pleased I discovered real books'

Heritage group launches campaign to save Scottish Cottage where the Harley Davidson story began

On the Daily Record (Scotland):

Davidson Cottage, located between Forfar and Brechin, was home to the famous motorcycle family before they emigrated to the US.

In Angus, located between Forfar and Brechin you'll find an unassuming little cottage that just so happens to be where the global success story that is Harley Davidson once began.

Davidson Cottage was the childhood home of William C. Davidson, the father of the three brothers who would go on to join forces with friend Bill Harley to create the world's most famous motorcycle company.

However, a group dedicated to preserving the brand's heritage fear for the cottage's future after it was put up for sale after the current owners decided they wanted to retire.

The Davidson Legacy Preservation Group (DLPG) are now worried the site could be knocked down by developers to build new houses.

if it's overloaded too much it won't go, literally


Steam Inc.'s ex-NZR passenger car A1975

"A1975 was built at the Otahuhu railway workshops as a 56 ft First Class Coupe Day Car in Nov 1945.

"Between 1937 and 1945 157 of the “standard” 56 ft cars were built at Addington and Otahuhu workshops. Several different formats were built including First Class Cars (several variations), 108 Second Class, Day/Sleeper composites, 1st/2nd composites, 14 & 16 berth Sleepers, Ambulance Cars and one Vice Regal Car. They became the standard main line passenger vehicle for many decades. The final examples were not disposed of by KiwiRail until 2018. In later years most were extensively rebuilt to form the named trains of the seventies and eighties.

"A1975 was in a batch of six cars that had a six seat compartment that could be reserved for private on family parties. These particular cars were not fitted with the pressure ventilation system used in other 56 ft first class cars. It was the last of the iconic 56 ft cars built."

More info here

fly to Batavia by KLM in a DC-2, 1934

Batavia is now Jakarta, Indonesia, see earlier posts.  Info on the DC-2 of which 198 were built is here

Coverage on the KLM blog is here

Friday, May 13, 2022