Sunday, April 30, 2023
"She'll be right, mate" was a standard Australian/NZ saying; but Occupational Safety and Health has largely ended it.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
This remains one of the most picturesqely situated railway stations in NZ. With less than a year left in service, an articulated twinset continues its journey to Greymouth, now on the route of the Tranz Alpine. For lots more, see our books. (David Jones photo in the NZ National Railway Museum collection)
There were no overhead wires at this time. A woman and dog seem to be the only crowd waiting to wave at the Queen and the Duke at this point.
Friday, April 28, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
The church is still there, everything else has been replaced. For lots more, see the books Wellington Transport Memories and Wellington: a Capital Century.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Victorias Milling Co. steam locomotive No 7-H, Henschel-built in 1928 shunting in the yard at the Victorias Sugar Mill in Victorias, Negros, Philippines, in 1994. (John Ward pic)
From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
The first person who took off his “mask” – it was always put that way, to emphasize the false possessive – or better yet, never put one on, in spite of the signs and the pressure – helped hasten the day when everyone else was free to take off their “masks.”
Maybe what Mazda is doing will do the same.
Hold onto you helmet, now. A new six is on deck. Not a new turbocharged 2.0 liter four (the engine that has been replacing sixes in almost everything; viz the 2023 Lexus RX350, which is now functionally the RX240 but is still called what it’s no longer got).
The six is straight, too – another thing that seems to be falling by the wayside.
But the take home point is Mazda is bringing out a new six – rather than retiring one. A 3.3 liter straight six will be the new standard powerplant in the 2024 CX-90, Mazda’s new rear-wheel-drive-based crossover SUV.
The latter also a change for the better in that it’s a change away from front-wheel-drive practically everything. Front-wheel-drive has its advantages, of course. It is helpful in the snow, for instance. But it is – fundamentally – an economy car layout. Not that there is anything wrong with economy cars. But it was once the case that average people regularly drove rear-drive cars that were similar-in-layout to the expensive cars driven by the affluent. This was once possible because rear-drive cars were once affordable. You could drive an economy car if you wanted to.
Not necessarily because you had to.
These rear-drive cars of the past also almost always came with at least a six. Often, a V8 engine was available, optionally. A good example – one of many – being a car like the Chevy Nova of the ’70s and also the Dodge Dart of the same era. These were not expensive cars but they were rear-wheel-drive and they came standard with a six cylinder engine; both offered V8s, too.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Satire from the excellent Babylon Bee satirical website -- read the text
Saturday, April 22, 2023
The EH model saw the debut of the first hot factory Holden which was known as the EH 225 S4. It was the first EH to combine the 179ci Holden six-cylinder red motor with a manual gearbox and was Holdens first attempt at building a Bathurst Special.The EH Holden holds the record for the fastest selling Australian made car of all time, with 256,959 EH Holdens sold in just 18 months. Also, in 1963 a new engine plant and foundry began operations at Fishermans Bend which had a capacity to produce 700 engines a day.