Monday, September 18, 2017

'a big book is much better than a little smartphone'

Mexican 3 ft gauge 2-8-0

A class G-033 built by Baldwin in 1921, seen in 1963, location not given. Info

1965 Holden HD ad

This model was made over 1965-1966.  The pic is taken at Milsons Point in Sydney. Info

on the 'Monowai' in the Tasman Sea, circa 1960

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.

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...
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack to rock London — the fifth this year — after a homemade bomb exploded in a packed subway car on Friday, sending panicked passengers fleeing for cover during the morning rush hour.

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Göschenen on the Gotthardbahn, Switzerland, poster

"The gate to the south."  Age uncertain.

a car and a tram on K Road, Auckland

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)."

Le Jouet de Paris at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs poster, 1968

"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."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

tram in Tay Street, Invercargill, 1910s

With an intriguing Greco Roman temple at left and a woman in the upstairs window of the Cecil Hotel.

See earlier posts, and of course our books.

train tracks and tram tracks in Downtown Auckland, January 1921

According to the Auckland Library: "Looking south east from Robertson Building in Quay Street East, showing Breakwater Road, now Britomart Place (foreground), railway yards, Beach Road (left to right), premises of J B King, plumbers, Skeates and White (right), Anzac Avenue (left of centre), Cargen flats (right background), with trams and horse-drawn carts in the street." (Henry Winkelmann photo)

a short steam train in the station of Al-Midan, Syria, early 20th century

Al-Midan is a neighbourhood and municipality in Damascus, just south of the old walled city and very near the modern city centre. In the 2004 census, it had a population of 177,456 -- most of it is probably now in western Europe.

a westbound Tranz Alpine train descends the Cass Bank

For lots more, see the book On the TransAlpine Trail (KiwiRail pic)

Monday, September 11, 2017

fly by an SAS DC-6 to Japan to see a sampan loaded with bamboo, 1953

London's St Katherine's Dock under construction, January 1828

By William Ranwell. Info

Belgian electric multiple unit from 1935

Passing by Epegem on the line from Bruxelles to Malines. No date.

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.

to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 here are some "Darwin akbar"s for light relief

Friday, September 8, 2017

train and automobile tourist poster for Soviet Armenia

Age uncertain -- the car looks 1930s, but could it be 1950s?

Pacific Electric car at the Pasadena car barn, circa 1950

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.

Soviet era van with a jet aircraft engine in it

Something different... full story

Trump orders the military to shoot down North Korean missiles

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.

Canadian Pacific Great Lakes steamships poster

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.

1959 Leyland Comet bus with Midland bodywork

Another in artist Wallace Trickett's 'Tranzit 100' series.  It shows one being used as a school bus at Chanel College.

giant Russian model railway

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?)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

1950 Humber Hawk

Nord Express / Skandinavien Express poster, 1946

Not to be confused with an earlier west-east European train also called Nord Express from the inter-war era.

1951 Leyland Comet bus, Wellington

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.

road surface disappears into a sinkhole in time for a motor-scooter, China

the tram is coming -- Besancon, France

A photo we took in 2012; the tramway saw its inauguration on 30 August 2014: a 14.5 km system in the form of a Y, with 31 stations.

The pics below are two of many (plus videos) on the official website here