Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Egyptian Railways AA 12 class diesel, 1961

Built by Henschel and displayed at the Hannover Messe (fair) of that year -- 70 of these Bo-Bo type locomotives, all rated at 1,310 hp, were delivered new to Egypt over 1960-1961.

Iraqi State Railways Posters, 1930s

It would have been hard to imagine at the time the turmoil the country would experience in the years following to the 2020s.  The state of the network today isn't great, but some of it functions.


a VW Beetle that's had plenty of rough use

Maybe the driver a bit less.

1973 Ford XA Falcon Superbird

More pics and info

Thursday, January 25, 2024

1963 Lagonda Rapide

1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2

It is often said that racing improves the breed, and the move by Formula One to a hybrid drivetrain has seen the equivalent technology in road cars evolve at an unprecedented pace. Manufacturers will always seek what is commonly called “an unfair advantage,” exploiting the rule book to its outer limits to extract greater speed from their racing models. It was against this backdrop that Pontiac released its 1986 Grand Prix 2+2. It was developed as a homologation special for NASCAR competition and only graced showrooms for one year.

a Fiat railcar crosses the Waikanae River bridge, NZ, May 1955

For lots more see our books. (A colorized NZR b/w photo)

'I'm so pleased I scored a good real book'


trams on Lambton Quay, Wellington, a century ago

3 are visible. For lots more, see our books Wellington Transport Memories and Wellington: a Capital century

Saturday, January 20, 2024

in bed with her bicycle

Well, the bicycle won't snore or want to watch a video while she wants to sleep...

Sunday, January 14, 2024

L.A. PCC car at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard & Western Ave, 1963

Southwest of Downtown, the day before the end of the streetcars on 31 March. See here and earlier posts for the history.

ANR locomotive 703

One of 6 of this Co-Co type built by AE Goodwin in 1971, seen in the original colours, this was donated to the National Railway Museum a year ago. 

3-page pdf with more info.

Here is a much smaller version, with Barbie and a friend in the cab!

1957 Chrysler New Yorker

 2-door hardtop.

1969 Rambler Rebel