Saturday, May 27, 2017

the car doesn't fit

the former Callander and Oban Railway, Scotland

"The Callander and Oban Railway company was built with the intention of linking the sea port of Oban to the railway network. This involved a long line from Callander through wild and thinly populated terrain, and shortage of money meant that the line was opened in stages from 1866 to 1880.

"The line improved the economy of Oban, especially for the fishing trade and for tourism, but the winter traffic was limited. The company built a branch to Ballachulish, which included the construction of Connel Bridge, a remarkable bridge at Connel over Loch Etive. The branch opened in 1903, but although it opened up remote areas it was never commercially successful. It closed in 1966."

Southern Pacific tunnel motor exits the Donner Pass summit tunnel

An SD40T-2 with five other locomotives visible in the lead lash-up. There's a bit of snow in the background, but not a lot so probably late spring.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1972 SEAT 127

Produced by the Spanish automaker between the spring of 1972 and 1982, based on the Fiat 127. A 4-door version appeared in 1973 (circa 1977 model below).

1955 Hillman Husky

"Look - what's in those cans over there, milk?"
"Maybe he's worried about the fuel supply."
"Hehe I bet he's been nicking petrol."

first British Railways electric locomotive for the Newhaven-Dieppe boat train, May 1949

This shows the third of the three Class 70 third-rail electrics, which was numbered 20003.  Info

sailing ships in Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney, circa 1900

With what looks like a steam powered tug in the second berth further back.

1959 Renault Manoir

The Renault Manoir was a stationwagon derived from the Renault Frégate with "Transfluide" transmission which appeared in 1959 and was only built for 18 months.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Southern Railway, England, electric train poster, 1939

See earlier posts.

Les Pléiades concours de Ski poster, Switzerland, 1928

Showing the train timetable: Vevey-Blonay-Les Pléiades.

killer coffee and grenade mug

Ideal for Muslims?  Info

an exploding Muslim in Manchester, England kills 22 and injures 59; the threat level of more attacks is raised to critical

Britain has been overdue for such attacks and no-one should be surprised.
The suicide bomber responsible for the worst UK terror attack since the 7/7 atrocity 12 years ago was a British-born jihadi from a family of Libyan refugees, it emerged last night.
Salman Abedi, 22, was known to the security services before he walked into Manchester Arena on Monday night and detonated a bomb packed with nails, nuts and bolts, killing 22 people including children as young as eight.
There were claims that Abedi may have spent time in a Middle East conflict zone, where he may have received terrorist training, while it was also said he had only recently returned from a three-week trip to Libya days before the bombing.  Read more

Daily Mail (UK) reports

boats in Lake Baikal ice, Russia, 1900s

Monday, May 22, 2017

British Railways 'Unceasing Service' night steam poster, 1950s

Art by Frank H. Mason.

'I can exercise and read a book at the same time'

LNER 'Flying Scotsman' train poster, 1928

1957 Chevrolet tricycle, kind of

From the I love Motorcycles Facebook page

1942 White logging truck

1935 Chevrolet Standard

Trump addresses the Muslims

In a speech full of diplomatic language, President Trump has addressed a gathering of Sunni Muslim countries in Saudi Barbaria.

"Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God...

"Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism...

"Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology—located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.

"The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams."

Are the Saudis likely to seriously embrace any of this?  Are they going to stop sending billions of dollars to Wahhabist hate preachers to build mosques around the world, whose ideology is responsible for the growth of Islamic terrorism?  

We doubt it.