Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Let's hope politicians (on both sides) work out their disputes at the negotiating table rather than on the battle field. All war causes is death, destruction and suffering.
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Sunday, February 26, 2023
This was produced from 1968 until 1983. Originally developed for the West German Army, the Type 181 also entered the civilian market as the Kurierwagen (“courier car”) in West Germany, the Trekker (RHD Type 182) in the United Kingdom, the Thing in the United States (1973–74), the Safari in Mexico and South America, and Pescaccia in Italy. Civilian sales ended after model year 1980.
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Saturday, February 25, 2023
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Thursday, February 23, 2023
The date etc. were changed by a movable roller, adjusted by knobs on the sides. This ship was completed in 1950 by Chantiers et Ateliers de la Mediterranee, La Seyne for the Cie de Navigation Mixte, for sailings from Marseille to Algeria and Tunisia (Algérie et Tunisie).
After Algerian independence, patronage there diminished and the company attempted to appeal to the Mediteranean cruise market, but that also diminished and the ship was withdrawn in 1973.
Capacity: 8,589 gross tons, 142.3 metre (467 foot) length x 18.3 metre (60 foot) beam, speed circa 24 knots.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
"The city announced in late October 2003 that it would be discontinuing the system to reopen (fully) traffic to Washington Boulevard, and sell off the cars. The trolley barn in Washington Boulevard was demolished in 2004. Apparently, some of the old railcars sit abandoned in one of DDOT's garages, and the ones sent to Seattle to be refurbished, were, but haven't made it back to the city. Actually, no one really knows where those ones are."
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Monday, February 20, 2023
Electric trams in Belfast operated from 1905 to 1954, these used a slightly wider than standard gauge of 4 ft 9 in (1,448 mm). See here for a pic of the tram on the right preserved.
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With a pair of DL class diesels up front, info on these
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Sunday, February 19, 2023
The top pic shows a distant canvas covered wagon stopped on the Greymouth to Kumara 4ft gauge wooden tramway running through the bush. Two passengers are visible leaning against the back of the bush tram, circa 1880s. The tram operation was horse-drawn, but the horse is not visible. The second pic probably from a few years later shows two men sitting on the track but no wagon.
Following the gold rush of 1876, this wooden tramway was built between Greymouth and Kumara. Unsurprisingly from the nature of the track - clearer in the postcard - the trip took three hours for 30 km. Trams carried passengers and freight. Passengers had to cross the Taramakau River in a cage or flying fox suspended from a cable!
The coast railway, today the Hokitika Branch, was opened to Hokitika in 1893 and to Ross in 1906. The extension to Ross closed in 1980.
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