Monday, November 13, 2017

travel by trailer poster, circa 1960


Presumably issued by an association of trailer (= caravan) manufacturers.

Fiat railcar about to enter the Arthur's Pass tunnel, mid 1970s


It has just crossed the Bealey River at the highest point of the South Island railway network with the Arthur's Pass township visible in the background.

As those who have the book On the TransAlpine Trail know, these ran on the Christchurch-Greymouth route between 1956 and 1978; in the earlier part of this period they also ran south of Greymouth.  (Roy Sinclair pic)


old style pocket watch with an American steam loco



No other info.  Probably recent, not antique.

aerial view of the NZ Centennial exhibition in Wellington, 1940


This was in Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay and had a tram connection.  For lots more about it, see the book Wellington: a Capital century

a French SNCF autorail in Belgium


Number X-4368 at Waulsort station on the line Dinant (Belgium) - Givet (France).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Soviet railway postcard scene, 1952


night steam train near Aix-les-Bains art, France, 1909


A postcard dated that year.  See earlier post.

car lights assembly repair - Russian style


Egyptian motorcyclist supporting adventure tourism breaks Guinness World Record


Egyptian motorcyclist Ali Abdo achieved a new world record for the longest distance crossed on a motocross bike in one day and broke the Guinness World Record.

Abdo crossed 613.59 km (381.27 miles), the longest distance on a motocross bike, in 24 hours in Egypt’s coastal city of Gouna.

The motorcyclist achieved the new world record by lapping around “Motoclub Egypt track” 510 times on a Honda XL 250.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Belgian type 7 steam locos


A class of 75 4-6-0 compound steamers built between 1921 and 1924; seen here in this undated pic with 3 school trains at Marche les Dames close to the Meuse River.   More info

1960 Leyland RT3/1 Worldmaster


Seen in service as Peninsula Motors number 26. (Otago Peninsula Museum pic)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

vintage Zurich 4-wheel tram, Switzerland


Which was obviously still in use at the time this pic was taken in 1954.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kingsland tram terminus, Auckland, circa 1910


See earlier posts and, of course, our books.

Kyoto electric tram from 1905 drawing


On the box for an O scale model of one. The prototype must have been 8.6 metres long. At the time the Kyoto lines were in cape gauge, but after the government absorbed the lines of the Kyoto Electric Railway in 1918, they were converted to standard gauge.

ship 'La Marseillaise'


This was built in 1949 by Chantiers Navals de La Ciotat, 181.1 metres long x 23.2 metres, powered by three oil engines which gave the ship a speed of 20 knots; capacity was 18,427 grt.

In October 1961, then named Bianca C, owned by the Costa Line of Italy, the ship sank after a fire and explosion off the island of Grenada with 3 casualties.

new high speed train, Saudi Arabia


The Haramain High Speed Railway is scheduled to begin operation in the first quarter of 2018. It links the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City of Rabigh.

The 450-km-long railway, with fully electrified double tracks, is estimated to cost SR37.5 billion. The project includes trains traveling at a speed of 320 km per hour and fitted with highly advanced equipment and devices. There will be 35 trains and a special train for the elderly people.

There are five stations — the two terminus stations in Makkah and Madinah, and two central stations in Jeddah and Rabigh, in addition to a fifth station at King Abdulaziz International Airport built by the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

Masada aerial cableway, Israel


This 0.9 km long cableway was built as shown in 1971 by the Karl Brändle company of Switzerland. "It had one aerial tramway support pillar and two cabins with a length of 900 metres and an elevation change of 290 metres. It was replaced in 1998 by an aerial tramway built by Von Roll without any support pillar, thus allowing the cabin's hanger to completely enclose the two track ropes and the haul rope." Operating speed is 29 km/h. (wikipedia)