Thursday, August 31, 2023

1965 Morris FGK60 bus

Seen at Westport? One notes the "Royal Mail" painted on the front. (David Jones pic)

CSD (Czechoslovak Railways) dining car in HO scale


Israeli diesel-electric locomotive from 1952

The first mainline diesels to be built for Israel Railways were the three EMD NW5m Bo-Bo type DE No.s 101–103 built under license in Belgium by Société Anglo-Franco-Belge (SAFB) in 1952. Two of the locos have been preserved at the Israel Railway Museum: No. 101 (unrestored) and 102 (restored), above.

1936 Bugatti 57sc Atlantic

One of the great classic designs of the 1930s.

1934 Oldsmobile Coupe promo art

'in my lunchbreaks I like to look through good real books in the library'

the NZR locomotive roundhouse at Elmer Lane, Greymouth, 1950s

A photo that would have been taken from a floodlight tower. Although the resolution quality isn't great, there look to be 13 steam locomotives present as well as a diesel shunter and a Vulcan railcar.  Today the turntable remains, but the roundhouse has gone. On the right can be seen the branch line to Hokitika which continued on to Ross until 1980. For lots more, see our books. (Pic via Tom Hartill)

motorcyclist load balancing act

The location is not stated, it looks like somewhere in Asia.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

NZR ten-wheeler on the Otago Central Line, 1926

Ub 336, one of the 22 of the 4-6-0 type, seen with a goods train at the stop of Parera -- more pics and info. (AP Godber pic)

1981 Daimler Sovereign 4.2L


And not just any example, but character Arthur Daley's famous 1981 Daimler Sovereign from the hit TV series Minder. It was the car George Cole (in the photo) wanted to buy himself, and came close to doing so before it was given away in a TV Times competition. It was used in series 4,5,6 and the Christmas Special Minder on the Orient Express.  The car was auctioned in 2017 with 43,990 recorded miles on the clock.

The Ford Capri equally famously driven by Daley's boxer turned bodyguard, Terry McCann (played by Dennis Waterman), was also on offer. As Arthur would almost certainly have said: "Buy the pair and from now on the world is your lobster."


Socata TB-20 Trinidad GT

This is a light single-engine piston aircraft built in the French town of Tarbes, over 2,200 of which were made between 1975 and 2012.

steam locomotives in the Bw (motive power depot) of Gremberg, 1974

In West Germany, a few km east of Cologne with a 50 class Kriegslok in the centre (see earlier posts).

Saturday, August 26, 2023

1953 Nash Healey le Mans

1952 Borgward-Hansa-2400

1951 Packard DeLuxe

1951 Rover 75 P4 Cyclops


1952 Austin A40 convertible

Lebako Jero station, Indonesia, 1930s

A DD52 class 2-8-8-0 Mallet built by Hanomag, Hartman and Werkspoor.

The name also appears as Lebak Jero and with the two words joined as one.

1973 Fiat 124 advertisement

'when I get gome from work I enjoy a good real book'

50 ton rail hopper car, Mexico

steam train at Lawang in Dutch East Indies days

The town is still called that in what is now Indonesia. Google Earth reference

Canadian National U2a class 4-8-4

1937 International Harvester trucks

1947 International Harvester trucks


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Holdens outside May and Bond dealer/service station, Mt Gambier, South Australia, circa 1949

The first Holdens, known as the 48-215, appeared on the market in November 1948.

'would you like to explore my real books with me?'

Milwaukee Road steeple-cab electric locomotive

One of the four Milwaukee Road class ES-2, Bo-Bo type locos from the 1910s.

From Wikipedia--

Two were built in 1916 and the final two in 1919. They were of steeplecab design, with a single roof-mounted pantograph to access the Milwaukee's 3,000 V DC overhead line. Originally numbered 10050–10053, they were renumbered E80–E83 in March 1939. The ES-2 was the Milwaukee Road's primary class of dedicated electric switchers.

Electric switching on the Milwaukee Road was always limited to the Rocky Mountain Division, and to the middle and east end only, Avery being merely a power change, rather than a switching, location. Harlowton's switching demands eventually exceeded the capabilities of the ES-2, which was replaced in 1951 by a single GE Freight Motor (later reclassed ES-3) instead; thus from the 1950s to the 1970s the ES-2s were normally used only in the greater Butte area, in which the Deer Lodge shops were also located. The Coast Division eschewed electric switchers entirely, as its operating characteristics and economics were more favorable to otherwise underutilized steam (later diesel) switchers which also served the Milwaukee's non-electrified branches in the area.

Despite their highly specialized niche on the Milwaukee Road, the ES-2s were well-liked by personnel. Engineers liked them due to their rapid throttle response, preferring them over diesels which were slower to transition and accelerate. Their simple nature made them easy to service, and the units seldom needed major attention. Few changes were made to them over the years, the most important of which was the addition of extra steel plates, which added weight and reduced wheelslip.

In addition to the pantograph, the ES-2s were equipped with a wooden trolley pole which was spring-tensioned and manually-operated, in the same manner as on a trolley car, though it was never meant for use while in motion. Its sole purpose was to make stationary contact with the wire to charge an empty air compressor enough to raise the air-operated pantograph, usually when making a black start after dead storage or maintenance. For this reason, the pole was tipped with a metal plate rather than a shoe or trolley wheel.

much nicer metro stations in Russia

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The South Indian Railway Company poster, circa 1930

This company operated from 1 July 1874 to 13 April 1951. It was a metre-gauge system, converted to the Indian broad gauge in the 1990s.