Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Introduced in 1965 during Czechoslovak days, the 18 of the 3-car articulated CSD class 89.0 sets - after the national split, redesignated the ŽSR Class 420.95 - were for the 35 km of the metre-gauge Tatrabahn based around Poprad in Slovakia. Most were scrapped in 2001-2002.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Salmson was established by Émile Salmson (1858-1917) in a workshop in Paris in 1890, making steam-powered compressors and centrifugal pumps for railway and military uses. Subsequently joined by engineers George Canton and Georg Unné, it was renamed Emile Salmson & Cie in 1896, building gasoline-powered lifts and motors. The company became one of the first to make purpose-built aircraft engines before WW1, continuing into WW2.
After WW1 the business started making car bodies and then complete cars which continued until 1957.
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Dive Crescent. The building on the left is now an arts and craft retail space.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Whitcomb Locomotive Works were located at Rochelle, Illinois, originally known as the George D. Whitcomb Co. which produced mining equipment including gasoline and electric locomotives after the beginning of the 20th century. In 1931 the company became bankrupt and was purchased by the Baldwin Locomotive Works which operated the company as the Whitcomb Locomotive Works until 1940. Baldwin completely took over the company in 1940 and it was operated as a division of Baldwin. In February 1952 locomotive production was shifted from Rochelle to the Eddystone works. more
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Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The sort of feature that intrigues - was it a private goods railway or something for public transport and what ran over it?
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Number 32 from 1939, a two axle Tr (tractor) class is seen in Henderson in 1964. Originally it had a Parsons petrol (gasoline) engine, but in 1958 this was replaced with a Detroit Diesel 4-71 series engine developing 78 kW (105 hp) at 2,000 rpm, with the power train via an Allison torque converter. The remains of this particular loco, one of 16 similar ordered by NZR from Drewry before WW2, are stored in the Tokomaru Steam Museum.
As electric motors have much better torque than mechanical ones, diesel-mechanical transmission on railways world-wide has been almost completely confined to low speed, low tractive effort needs in yards or to railcars.
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