Thursday, March 28, 2024

cyclists who watch too much 'Star Wars'

Crown Zellerbach Alco RS-3 switcher on Vancouver Island, Canada

These Bo-Bo type were made in the first half of the 1950s from May 1950 to August 1956  -- info

This photo is probably from the 1970s. Crown Zellerbach, a pulp and paper company based in San Francisco, was the subject of a hostile takeover in the mid-1980s and ceased as a distinct entity not long afterwards.

DR 41 1225-6 between Camburg and Dornburg in 1985

The East German DR was still using steam at this stage, but not very often.  See earlier posts.

Colombia railway network 1961 stamp

According to Wikipedia:-

The Colombia railway network has a total length of 3,304 kilometres (2,053 milies). There are 150 kilometres (93 miles) of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge connecting Cerrejón coal mines, Tren del Cerrejón, to the maritime port of Puerto Bolivar at Bahia Portete, and 3,154 kilometres (1,960 miles) of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge of which 2,611 kilometres (1,622 mi) are in use.

The state-owned railway company, Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Colombia (National Railways of Colombia), was liquidated in the 1990s. Since then passenger rail service in Colombia is provided only as tourist steam trains on the Bogotá savanna railway, now called Turistren, and between Bogotá and Zipaquirá, and a general daily passenger service around Barrancabermeja, and its surroundings (Puente Sogamoso, Garcia Cadena, Puerto Berrio, and Puerto Parra), provided by Coopsercol.

Soviet L class 2-10-0 steamers at Sortavala, Russia

No less than 4,199 of them were built 1945—1955.

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'Sopwith Pup biplane of No. 8 Squadron. Royal Naval Air Service' art

Obviously WW1 era, by aviation artist Neil Hipkiss.

'yes it's wallpaper but I intend to replace it with real books like this one'

Somaliland stamps 2010, featuring Soviet electric locomotives

1985 Lincoln Continental Givenchy

Givenchy is a French luxury fashion and perfume house.

1947 Cushman Model 52 Scooter

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

ships and a steam locomotive at the Mariupol docks, pre-WW1

On the Asov Sea, part of Ukraine for much of the 20th century, now part of the Russian controlled Donbass.

1978 Lincoln Continental Sedan

NSW 46 class electric with a Newcastle Express at Epping, 1980

This would have been just after the extension of the overhead from Gosford to Newcastle was opened the year before.  For lots more, see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Friday, March 22, 2024

Eagle Air?

One of two giant eagles on the ceiling of Wellington Airport's passenger hall.  (We assume they're eagles rather than condors or vultures.  It's likely a Lord of the Rings reference.) The back light from the windows makes it hard to photograph.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

'don't clean it, grow something'

We've often seen that message finger-written on dirty parked cars, but this is taking the concept literally.  Apparently it's an 'art project' in Toronto.  (from 'Abandoned Things' Facebook page)

SNCF 4-8-2 'Mountain'

A 241P class (the SNCF counted axles rather than wheels). A total 35 of these were built by Schneider et Cie., of Le Creusot between 1948 and 1952 and final withdrawal was in 1973. This was was seen in 1967 with at-the-time standard dark green passenger cars. Four of the 241P are preserved.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

17 March: St Patrick's day: Cork trams, Ireland

This city's system only lasted 33 years from 1898 to 1931 and was 900 mm gauge. The first 18 tramcars came from Brush of Loughborough in 1898. Subsequent orders of 11 in 1900 and 6 in 1901 took the fleet to a maximum of 35. The livery was bright green and cream.

 Trams on St Patrick Street.

System map.