Monday, July 31, 2023

1938 International dump trucks ad


cab ride: Beograd - Požega - Kraljevo, Serbia

From a few days ago.

1964 Ford Fairlane

 (Nelson Car Events)

mid-1930s Chevrolet bus

 Seen on the island of Samsø, Denmark. This was used in the 1963 movie Bussen starring Dirch Passer. Still from this short video

Wellington, NZ trolleybus scenes, 1978

 For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

SNCB 2-8-0

An example seen in 1964, location not stated.

Following WW2 a total 300 of the Belgian Type 29 2-8-0 steam locomotives were built 1945--1946 in Canada and the USA . The class was ordered and used to help revive the operations of the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB) under the auspices of what later became known as the Marshall Plan.

Final withdrawal from service took place in 1967

One member of the class, no. 29.013, has been preserved by the NMBS/SNCB for display at Train World, the Belgian national railway museum at Schaarbeek railway station in north-central Brussels.

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Saturday, July 29, 2023

Off The Beaten Track -- Stranorlar to Glenties in Donegal, Ireland

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design


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'a big good real book is much better than a little plastic rectangle'


Irish restored 2-6-4T locomotive Class 5 'Drumboe'

Built in 1907, restoration was recently completed.

Percival Proctor single-engined, low-wing monoplane over Waikato, NZ, 1948

The Proctor was developed in 1939 from the Percival Vega Gull in response to British Air Ministry Specification 20/38 for a radio trainer and communications aircraft. To meet the requirement, the aircraft had larger rear cabin windows and the fuselage was six inches (150 mm) longer. Modifications were made to the seats to enable the crew to wear parachutes, and there were other changes to enable a military radio and other equipment to be fitted. In early 1939, an order was placed for 247 aircraft to meet the operational requirement.

The model was discontinued in 1955 after 1,143 were built.

Air Union poster, 1920s

Advertising a ticket outlet in central London.  Air Union was established in 1923 and 10 years later merged with 4 other airlines to form Air France.


Thursday, July 27, 2023

MAV class 424 4-8-0

The 424 class was built by MÁVAG Locomotive and Machine Works, Budapest. There were 514 locomotives built to this design between 1924 and 1958 as it was such a reliable machine. 214 were built for MAV during World War II. They were the most well known general purpose locomotives in Hungary and were known by the nicknames "Bivaly" and "Nurmi."

Export variants of this type were operated on the Czechoslovak, Yugoslav, Soviet and Korean Railways.

This particular one, 424,247 was shopped in 1955, and although steam traction in Hungary ended in 1984 for regular trains, the locomotive remained in operation as a heritage vehicle. After a grand overhaul it's seen here departing Nyugati pályaudvar with a chartered train in May 2015.

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood promo


'a big real book is far better than a little device'

V/Line sand hopper train, 1986

V/Line diesel-electric locomotive T353 -- info -- with a broad gauge train of 6 sand hoppers from Koala siding (near Nyora on the South Gippsland line) to Spotswood in Melbourne's west heads north-west towards Yarraman station. Noble Park, Victoria, December 1986. (Railmaps)

Adelaide Red Hen

"In 1987, the first of the 3000 Class & 3100 Class fleets of DMU trains entered service in metropolitan Adelaide. As a result, the 820 & 860 trailers used on Red Hen trains were withdrawn, resulting in formerly 3-car trains becoming 2-car trains. Sometime after the change, a 2-car Red Hen train is running a revenue service in metropolitan Adelaide." (Pinterest)

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

activity at Rutherglen Station, Victoria, 1907

Rutherglen is a closed station on the Wahgunyah railway line, located in the town of Rutherglen, in VictoriaAustralia.

The Wahgunyah line was opened as a whole from Springhurst to Wahgunyah in 1879. The passenger service was withdrawn on 13 April 1962, the last branch line mixed train to operate in Victoria. A crossover between No. 2 and 3 tracks was abolished in 1973.The station officially closed on 10 April 1978. The following year, in 1979, the goods shed was demolished.

Freight services were suspended in 1995, with the line practically closed. The 'Green Trail Associates Group' operated a trolley service over the line between Wahgunyah and Rutherglen for a number of years, known as the 'Stringybark Express – Lil Red Postal Motor'. In 2002, the line was handed back to the Victorian Government by lease holder Freight Australia, and in 2006, it was announced that the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail would be built along the closed line, with 9 km of trail. (Wikipedia)

Tskaltubo Train Station, Georgia

Not Georgia in the USA but the former Soviet state. There are still trains through here, but the station, like most of the once grandiose Soviet elites spa town is now semi-abandoned.

Walkaround on Google Earth

1930 Alvis Silver Eagle

Sydney Harbour ferry 'Kooleen'

The 67-tonne, 283 passenger capacity MV Kooleen was a ferry operated by the Sydney Harbour Transport Board and its successors on Sydney Harbour.

When the Sydney Harbour Transport Board took over the Sydney Ferries Limited business in July 1951, it inherited an old fleet in need of replacement. In 1954, an order was placed with the State Dockyard for a prototype new type of ferry. Delivered in 1956, the Kooleen was fully enclosed single-deck ferry with a high all-round view bridge. This was not popular with her passengers, who were used to double deck ferries with outdoor areas and thus no more were ordered. It would not be until the 1968 arrival of the Lady Cutler that renewal of the fleet would commence.[1][2]

The Kooleen remained in service until it was withdrawn in May 1985. In 1986 it was sold and converted to a houseboat. After sinking several times, it was sold in 2003 with the proposal of it being sunk as a dive vessel. However this was not to eventuate, and after sinking again in Berrys Bay it was broken up on site in July 2006.

(from Wikipedia)

Saturday, July 22, 2023

1972 Triumph TR6

giant German WW2 rail gun Dora (Schwerer Gustav)

Schwerer Gustav (Heavy Gustav) was a German 80-centimetre (31.5 in) railway gun. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp in Rügenwalde as siege artillery for the explicit purpose of destroying the main forts of the French Maginot Line, the strongest fortifications in existence at the time. The fully assembled gun weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes (1,490 short tons), and could fire shells weighing 7 tonnes (7.7 short tons) to a range of 47 km (29 miles).

Gustav was later deployed in the Soviet Union during the Battle of Sevastopol, part of Operation Barbarossa, where, among other things, it destroyed a munitions depot located roughly 30 m (98 ft) below ground level. The gun was moved to Leningrad, and may have been intended to be used in the Warsaw Uprising like other German heavy siege pieces, but the uprising was crushed before it could be prepared to fire. Gustav was destroyed by the Germans near the end of the war in 1945 to avoid capture by the Soviet Red Army.

This is available as a 1:72 scale model -- details.

Friday, July 21, 2023

1960s Kenworth 849 and 1963 Mercury Monterey

A still from the movie 5 Easy Pieces (1970).

1932 Reo Royale Convertible

Fiat test track on the roof of the Lingotto Building, Turin, 1929


The building was inaugurated in 1923 and housed a car factory -- the World's largest at the time -- for Italian automotive company Fiat. Today it houses the administrative headquarters of the manufacturer and a multipurpose centre.  The roof race track is 1.5 km long. It is no longer used, but it is still there and can be visited.

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1937 Ford Panel Van