Tuesday, January 31, 2023
The sun sets on an era of aviation manufacturing as the very last Boeing 747 lands at Paine Field after a January 10 test flight. The jet will be delivered on Tuesday to Atlas Air, which will operate the plane for freight forwarder Apex Logistics. One side of the aircraft is painted in the colors of Atlas, the other side in the livery of Apex.
From the Seattle Times--
In the years after its launch, the 747 elevated the Puget Sound region to the world’s premier airplane manufacturing site and boosted Boeing to preeminence in aviation. It made international air travel routine.
A diverse cross-section of the Boeing workers who helped bring this transformative piece of engineering to life tell their stories below. They reflect upon their affection for the jumbo jet that changed their lives, and aviation.
Almost exactly 54 years after the first flight, thousands of current and former employees and guests will attend a bittersweet ceremony in Everett on Tuesday before cargo carrier Atlas Air flies away a 747 freighter model, the 1,574th and last “Queen of the Skies” ever built.
Monday, January 30, 2023
The railway lasted from 1875 to 1962. Here it looks like a tank engine is in steam by the goods shed and a rake of passenger cars is at the station platform. This view is to the south-west.
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Sunday, January 29, 2023
The 760 mm gauge industrial line from Brad to Crişcior served brown coal transport from Brad to the power station of Crişcior until the beginning of the 21st centiry. Today it provides occasional museum transport. In the video is the loco EMBA 5 Reşiţa 1336 of 1957.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
After May 1945 the town was one of those split across the Oder and Neisse rivers and the eastern side was renamed Kostrzyn nad Odrą.
In the UK and NZ such are called caravans.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
from the NZ Herald:-Three RNZAF P-3K2 Orion aircraft took off from the Whenuapai airbase in West Auckland this morning for a farewell tour of New Zealand.
The fleet is being retired after more than 57 years of service with the air force and will be replaced by new Boeing P-8A Poseidon planes in July this year.
Since the mid-1960s, six P-3K2 Orions have been used for airborne surveillance and reconnaissance of Aotearoa New Zealand’s areas of economic interest, exclusive economic zone, the South Pacific and the Southern Ocean, including Antarctica.
“They’ve operated from Antarctica through to northeast Asia, through to Europe - all around the world - but predominantly... supporting our Pacific neighbours with things like the search and rescue just conducted, and of course supporting New Zealand and surveying New Zealand’s EEZs and protecting New Zealand’s interests. Looking after New Zealanders with local search and rescues as well.”
The first of the P-8s arrived in December with more arriving by April. The first plane will be operational in July and it will take until the end of 2024 to have crews fully trained and all the replacements in the air.
The final flight of two Orions to Base Woodbourne, where the retired fleet is being stored, will take place on January 31 with a close-formation flypast over the South Island.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Monday, January 23, 2023
Probably depicting the 1950s, in DRGW territory in Colorado. Painting by Howard Fogg. See earlier posts.
The two of us in Wellington spent today at the Tramway Museum north of Paekakariki which features tramcars from the Wellington system that closed in 1964. The one on the right dates from 1904 and has been restored to operationality after spending many years as a shack in nearby Raumati. Apparantly it was originally a 2-axle car but was later lengthened with bogies (trucks) and the open-to-the-elements seats installed. The original trolley pole was a swivel on a post type, but that was too tall to fit into the museum's tram barn.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
A photo by Woody Woodcock from 1963; the trams ended in 1964. The house with the observation room at the top on the left is still there.
For lots more, see earlier posts and the two books on Wellington -- Wellington: a Capital century and Wellington Transport Memories.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Different generations of vehicles
"The first trolleybus in the Solingen started service on 19 June 1952, gradually replacing the metre-gauge tramway system in stages by 1959. The tramway had suffered severe damage during the war and reconstruction seemed too expensive and (therefore) impractical.
"Stadtwerke Solingen (SWS) purchased a total of 62 trolleybuses of the well-known Uerdingen/Henschel ÜH III s model by 1959, and added another five second-hand buses of this type (no. 63 ex Bochum 5, nos. 01 to 04 ex Minden-Ravensberg 101, 105, 103 and 104). 6 Henschel HS 160 OSL and another HS 160 OSL-G (articulated) were purchased in 1962."