Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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The sezam department store visible was opened in 1969 and lasted until 2014 when it was demolished. In the foreground is the Swietokryzski Park
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Monday, August 21, 2017
The Cessna was built in 1961. For more details of this and many other aircraft, see the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and Affiliates since 1940 by Paul Sheehan
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
|a steam-hauled 'Ocean Limited' in 1952|
"the Morrissey Rock was carved out in 1874 to complete the Intercolonial Railway line from Halifax to Québec City. Without the tunnel in the Morrissey Rock it would not have been possible to fulfill the wish of the Québec City Conference of 1864 to build a railway link “ad mare usque ad mare”, from sea to sea, which eventually brought about the conditions for Confederation in 1867. At the time the tunnel was the only one of its kind in the Maritime Provinces. The first through passenger train service from Halifax to Québec City was on July 6, 1876."
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Friday, August 18, 2017
Two major Chinese state companies, AVIC international and China Railway Group, signed a deal with the Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels to build a $1.24 billion light rail system surrounding Cairo, Reuters reports.
Running for 66 km and with 11 stations in districts surrounding Cairo, the public transit system will carry 340,000 passengers daily once completed, according to the National Authority for Tunnels' head Tarek Gamal El-Din.
The trains on the railway, on which construction will start in 3 months, will move at the speed of 120 km/h once completed. The exact route and districts the project will be covering are yet to be announced.
The announcement comes in line with China's development strategy Belt and Road, which aims to build transport links between Asia and Europe in order to bolster trade activities between countries in both continents.
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It's been 13 years since the Madrid train bombings (which were more deadly than the attack in Paris of November 2015) so Spain has been overdue for attention from the Islamic State group.
The toll at the the time of writing is 13 dead and 50+ injured, some gravely.
The big problem for authorities is how to stop a Muslim terrorist from hiring a big vehicle and doing this. And even if there's a "no hire" list akin to a "no fly" list, a Muslim terrorist can simply steal one or use a fake ID.
UK Guardian article
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Monday, August 14, 2017
Now spelled Lillevann. Opened in 1916, taken over by the Holmenkollbanen in 1920, now part of the Oslo Metro system.
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|the Dear Leader's marching girls|
No, not Iran or Saudi Arabia (although both are up there) but the Hermit Kingdom. Here's an inexpensive book published a few months ago which is worth a read. The publisher's presentation:
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
This book was published in 1984 and, as is obvious, covers the gradual conversion of the one-time 1,000 mile Pacific Electric interurban railway system in the greater Los Angeles region to rubber-tired transport. The use of buses by Pacific Electric began in the WW1 era and continued into the 1960s by which time the last railway line -- L.A. to Long Beach -- had closed, see earlier posts.
The hardback book has 196 pages full of bus pictures, including maps and timetable brochures, great for historic bus enthusiasts!
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