Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A total of 50 of these two-car (one powered plus an unpowered trailer) were built by Fiat between 1952 and 1956. Info
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Monday, September 18, 2017
This was a ship of the (NZ-owned) Union Steam Ship Company, whose trans-Tasman passenger services, like those of the Australian-owned Huddart Parker Line, succumbed to competition from the airlines in the early 1960s.
For lots more, see our maritime books, in particular the forthcoming All at Sea.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Islamic State claims responsibility for London subway attack that injured 29; terror threat 'critical'
|This looks a rather feeble device for the IS group to claim credit for...|
In response to the attack, which left dozens of passengers injured, U.K. officials raised the terror threat to critical, meaning another attack is imminent.
Authorities said the incident was caused by an improvised explosive device that had been left inside a bucket in a supermarket cooler bag on a busy subway car. Photos on social media showed a white bucket on fire inside the train.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
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Is it a Chevrolet? This is another Henry Winkelmann photo, not dated but probably early 1920s like the earlier one. The Auckland Library says: "Looking east along Karangahape Road, showing Melverns Great Household Stores and the Tabernacle Buildings (left), Partington's Windmill (centre) and premises of Wickens and Sutcliffe (right)."
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"un Hydravion F260, un canot JEP 4, avec son fanion rouge et blanc, un paquebot Normandie, une voiture conduite intérieur, un train électrique et son tunnel."
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
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The AM35 class was built for the first electrified line of the SNCB from Bruxelles - Antwerp in 1935. and the SNCB placed 12 of these 4-car sets (of a B’B’ + 2’2’ + 2’2’ + B’B’ axle arrangement) in service, inaugurated a few days before the Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles of that year. Most of the 4-car sets were expanded to 6 cars before long by the use of extra unpowered trailers. Power output per 4-car set was was 1,300 hp; length 91 metres (300 ft); 116 1st class seating places and 237 in second class.
Because of their heavy weight they were retired prematurely between 1959 and 1962 as they caused high rail wear. One passenger set was preserved plus a postal set.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
The "Grands réseaux de Chemins de fer Francais" were nationalised into the SNCF at the beginning of 1938.
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Friday, September 8, 2017
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This was on Fair Oaks Avenue. Info on the PE's Pasadena Short Line is here
In the left background is the Italian-style Bell Tower at St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
U.S. President Donald Trump has given military orders for U.S. forces to shoot down and destroy any missile launched from North Korea and moving toward the continental United States, Hawaii, and Guam.
Sources close to the president's national security team tell Newsmax the order was given to Pentagon brass in the wake of last month's threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile aimed at Guam, a U.S. territory.
"The threat provoked the president," one source familiar with the decision told Newsmax.
Last Sunday, North Korea detonated a thermonuclear weapon. The communist regime claims they can fit the new device on advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as ICBMs.
This week, South Korean intelligence sources said the North was moving an ICBM in an apparent preparation for another test launch over the northern Pacific and possibly Japan.
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Age uncertain, but probably pre-WW1.
Info on the SS Keewatin from 1907 which is preserved is here.
The sister-ship SS Assiniboia was also slated for preservation, but burned in 1971 and was scrapped.
The 2,616 ton Manitoba was built in 1889 and scrapped in 1950.
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If you're a model railroader this should make you drool -- 800 square metres which is 8,600 sq ft (it mentions average apartments in St Petersburg [presumably in other Russian cities too] being only 30-40 sq. metres. How can people live well in that amount of space?)
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
The photo was probably taken when it was brand new. One of two buses specially purchased to transfer passengers from the flying boat terminus in Evans Bay to Kilbirnie; petrol-engined with G.B. McWhinnie bodywork.
For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.
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