Friday, September 29, 2023

1937 Singer Sports car

Seen outside Keith W. Hamilton's used car business, 144 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, in September that year. (State Library of NSW)

1965 Chevrolet El Camino

the little FSO/FSM Syrena of Poland

Wikipedia: "The Syrena was a Polish automobile model first exhibited at the Poznań Trade Fair in 1955[1] and manufactured from 1957 to 1972 by the Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (FSO) in Warsaw and from 1972 until 1983 by Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biała. 177,234 were manufactured by FSO and 344,077 by FSM, a total of 521,311. During its remarkably long production run it underwent only minor modifications.

"The Syrena was produced in various models: 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, while the most popular model was the 105 [below]. All were two-door sedans with two-stroke engines, initially of two cylinders. In 1965 the Syrena received a larger three-cylinder engine.

"From 1968 a prototype model named laminat was produced. A van called Syrena Bosto and a pick-up called the R20 were also produced. A coupé Syrena Sport and a hatchback Syrena 110 (in 1966) remained prototypes only.

"A Siren is a mermaid who, according to the legend, protects the river Wisła and the Polish capital city, Warsaw. She is featured on the city's coat of arms. A diminutive name Syrenka (little siren) is commonly used for the car in Poland."

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Chevrolet truck converted to run on methane gas, Sydney, 1942

It was probably coal gas rather than natural gas. This was one of 800 trucks converted to gas to beat wartime petrol rationing. The conversion came with warnings about exceeding 30 mph (50 km/h) as the bag might flap and tear. (State Library of NSW)

1952 Jowett Jupiter

1968 AMC Javelin

(Wikimedia commons)

Sunday, September 24, 2023

parking place for the cat

1957 Berliet GLR 8 R truck model

In O scale (1:43) available on the website

meeting of eastbound and westbound Western Star trains in Montana, 1950s

A Great Northern railway publicity photo of the eastbound and westbound Western Star passenger trains meeting at Whitefish Lake, Montana.  Like other American long distance passenger trains the services lasted until the advent of Amtrak in 1971.

More pics and info

Friday, September 22, 2023

double deck buses at Manly Wharf, Sydney, 1940s

The buses used chassis imported from England with locally built bodies. "Shortly after the end of World War II, a total of 845 double decker chassis were ordered from Leyland, AEC and Albion in the United Kingdom. These were to replace buses that had been running since the 1930s and enable the stop-gap buses purchased during the war to be withdrawn. It also enabled the tramway replacement program to restart."

More with a preserved example.

vehicles on Hay Street, Perth, WA 1936

Including a tram, a little Austin car immediately in front. The Town Hall is the tower in the background.

Approximate modern day scene on Google Earth

Sydney R class tram in George Street, mid-1950s

The intersection with Rawson Place in the immediate forground. The Lyric Theatre visible to the left was a cinema located at 749 George Street and built in 1911. It was renamed the Forum Theatre in 1960 and continued to operate until the 1970s.

2010 Scania K420 bus

More pics and specifications

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Beyer, Peacock & Co. 2-6-0 from 1910 in Uruguay

Built by Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd in its Gorton Foundry, Manchester, England, now preserved.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

1972-1980 Polish Fiat 126

from Wikipedia:-

The Fiat 126 (Type 126) is a four-passenger, rear-engine, city car manufactured and marketed by Fiat over a twenty-eight year production run from 1972 until 2000, over a single generation. Introduced by Fiat in October 1972 at the Turin Auto Show,[1] the 126 replaced the Fiat 500, using major elements from its design. A subsequent iteration, marketed as the 126 Bis, used a horizontally oriented, water-cooled engine and featured a rear hatchback.

The majority of 126s (some 3.3 million) were manufactured in Tychy and Bielsko-Biała plants, Poland and were marketed as the Polski Fiat 126p in many markets. Fiat stopped marketing the 126 in 1993 in favor of its new front-engined Cinquecento. Total production reached approximately 4.7 million units.

In Poland, the car became a people's car,[3] and a cultural icon, earning the nickname Maluch, meaning "The Little One" or "Toddler",[4][5] a name that eventually became official in 1997, when 'Maluch' started appearing, badged on the rear of the car.

In early 2020, the 28-year production run of the Fiat 126 was counted as the twenty-sixth most long-lived single generation car in history by Autocar magazine."[3]

train ride view from the 5 metre-high cab of a Dutch Koploper


Sunday, September 17, 2023

1939 Yellow Coach model 1210

el coche motor Brill 60 from the 1930s of the AFE, Uruguay


Some info--

These could accomodate 74 seated passengers and were equipped with a 6-cylinder Hall Scott gasoline engines capable of developing 168 HP. 

The Brill 60 could not only be attached to other cars without any restriction, but also had a two-panel radiator, installed under the body, supported at one end of the edges of the chassis, while the other end was inclined at 45 degrees, avoiding any lack of refrigeration.

The body of the Brill 60 was completely differentand presented a much lighter and more refined car. The oval-shaped cabin had a slight forward inclination as did the rear end of the car. The windshield of the cabin was divided into 3 sectors and the rear end into six sectors, forming a panoramic window that allowed observing the landscape. Its cabin was spacious and had a compartment for parcels and luggage, and the driving controls were located on the left. It was entered through two sliding doors located on both sides of the vehicle, which were also used to enter luggage into the loading area. Above the cab was a powerful 110-watt headlight that provided great forward illumination at night.

The entrance platform to the saloon was located in the center of the car, with access on both sides and closed by double-leaf folding doors on each side. The first class compartment was located in front of the access platform, having an independent toilet cabinet and lavatory. The seats in this compartment were very comfortable and upholstered in leather.

The second class compartment was located behind the access platform, and had a separate toilet cabinet as well.

'big real books are me, not little electric devices'

NZ Post Office logo 1940s

It shows what looks to be a 1930s Douglas or maybe Lockheed aircraft, a streamlined J locomotive from 1939 and a ship as well as a broadcast tower.  The wings were perhaps a suggestion that airmail is now de rigueur.

historic tram in Bochum, Germany

The long overhang on the short wheelbase would have enabled this 1948 built tramcar with 2 powered axles to negotiate some tight curves. More info and pics

The tram system around Bochum grew to impressive proportions during the 20th century and remains so at 86 km route length and connects Bochum with Gelsenkirchen, Hattingen, Herne and Witten.  

More info

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Ontario and Western Railroad train at Liberty, New York, circa 1910

The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad (OW), was a regional railway which had its origins in 1868 and lasted until 1957, see earlier posts. The road number of the loco is 140.

London Transport trolleybus art

Maybe an early post-WW2 Morris is depicted in the background. See earlier posts.  Painting by Alan Spillet.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

NS 1100 class 1500 volt DC electric locomotive

These were a series of 60 4-axle Bo-Bo type introduced between 1950--1956. Location not stated.


DSB Bcm class sleeping car, 1990s era, model

You may wonder if any trips within Denmark were long enough to justify sleeping cars even over the Storbelt before the bridge was built, but of course they could go to international destinations too.  (Lima model?)