Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a 2-6-2 on the Valley Railroad, Essex, Connecticut

A Baldwin-built loco from 1925, intended as a light short-line/logging engine which saw service in Alabama. The Valley Railroad Company obtained it from the Empire State Railway Museum for the Valley's first steam locomotive in the late 1960s. "Its last run was in 1975 when it was deemed not powerful enough to pull any of the railroad's trains." It is now stored at the Naugatuck Railroad in Connecticut. A history and description of the Valley Railroad is on its official website

Canadian Pacific tour bus in the Rockies poster, 1930s

The hotels were often owned by Canadian Pacific too.

trolley stop art

By Russian born artist Evgeny Lushpin, more

DSB F 666

Like NZR's F class, the DSB's was an 0-6-0 tank loco and both were the most numerous steam shunters (switchers) in each country.  This example was built by Frichs in 1923, withdrawn in 1964.

'I'm excited by my new book purchases'

Dornier Do 215 postcard

A postcard issued in 1939 to mark the building of this light bomber, reconnaissance aircraft and night fighter used in WW2. Dornier originally produced them for export but the first airplanes which were produced for the Swedish Air Force were stopped from going there in August 1939 due to the political situation. The 18 extant aircraft were pressed into Luftwaffe service upon the outbreak of WW2. A total of 105 were produced by Dornier over 1939-1941.

1955 Simca Aronde

South Manchurian Railway train and ship

The SMR was built to connect what were then the South Manchurian sea towns of Lüshun (Port Arthur) and Dalian (Dairen) on the Liaodong Peninsula (now combined as the city of Dalian) with the Chinese Eastern Railway running across Manchuria (now Northeast China) from Chita in Siberia to the Russian seaport of Vladivostok.

This scene could date from the 1930s. The line was a source of friction between the Chinese, Japanese, and Russians throughout the first half of the 20th century. It was originally built to Russian broad gauge, then cape gauge as used in Japan and then standard gauge.  More here

Monday, September 15, 2014

express from Saint Brieuc, France, 1900s

Possibly taken in Saint Brieuc, which is in Bretagne.  Are those guys with the flags crossing keepers?

first train between Olomouc and Prague, Czechia, 1845

A stamp card from 1995 marking this event, showing, presumably, the first locomotive, a 4-2-0 by the look of it. The distance between the two cities is about 280 km (174  miles).