Friday, December 15, 2017

Polish 2-axle type 'N' tramcar art

This dated from 1948 and must have been one of the last post-war 2-axle types built in Europe.

2ft gauge Hudswell Clarke steam loco, Fiji, 1967

Of the South Pacific Sugar Mills. See earlier posts.

'tram in the forest' by Joop Polder

More examples of his tram art and a bio are on this webpage.

car graphic circa 1940

No info.

Nürnberg - Fürth streetcar and bus timetable cover, Germany, 1937

tram and bus advertising poster, Netherlands

"For tram and bus advertising in the whole of the Netherlands"

Age uncertain -- interwar years?

'A smartphone? No, a real book for me"

German 78 class 4-6-4 tank steamer, former Prussian T18

The Prussian Class T 18's were the last tank locomotives developed for the Prussian state railways, of which 534 were built between 1912 and 1927. This example was seen in 1969 in DB service, headed for Lorch.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

metre gauge mountain line between Vernayaz and Salvan, Switzerland, circa 1915

On the then 3rd rail electrified line, which still uses a cog wheel system, between Martigny and Le Chatelard, see earlier posts.

street trains in Volos, Greece, 1910s

Some info here

motorcycle fridge delivery, Vietnam

Perhaps the smaller box contains intended contents for it.

New York: 'allahu-akhbarist' injures 4 near the Port Authority bus terminal

He injured himself with burns and 3 other people also reported to local hospitals for minor injuries like ringing in the ears and headaches.

Obviously the intent of the 27-year-old Bangladeshi perpetrator was to achieve more mayhem than that, but his pipe bomb he was wearing failed to explode as he intended.

Daily Mail (UK) article

Monday, December 11, 2017

4-unit diesel lash-up on a Queensland coal train, 1984

Electrification of the main Queensland coal railways took place later that decade.  The inset shows a Harris electric multiple unit on the Melbourne suburban system.  For details of both, see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand.

what was that crash? Ah, Deutsche Post

"Naturally according to nature"

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

1939 DeSoto with Spencer Tracey

Spencer Tracey was born in 1900 and was involved in movies until his death in 1967.

German class 44 steamer

This example seen in DB service: a 2-10-0 triple-cylinder type of which 1,989 were built between 1926 and 1949.  More

1964 Ford Falcon XM (Australia)

RNZAF Boeing 727

One of three purchased second-hand from Boeing in 1981, all ex-United Airlines. NZ7271 19892 entered service in July 1981 and was retired on 7 July 2003. It became 3D-KMJ and then 9Q-CMP in Africa and was scrapped in 2005.

undesirable baldness

The grooves in car tires remove the water on wet roads, to prevent skids.

Budd RDC advert from 1953

RDC = Rail Diesel Car.  This mentions Santa Fe's L.A. to San Diego passenger service.  See earlier posts.

accessories for a Hong Kong taxi

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mexican standard gauge 2-8-0

Built at the Acambaro Shops in 1944, now preserved on display, seen here in the Alvarado Veracruz station, November 1961. Is the 666 a train number?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Hobart Harbour, Australia, 1900s

The shed centre left says "arrivals" so the ship is probably on an international sailing.

class ET 171 electric multiple unit of the Hamburg S-Bahn, Germany

On route S1 to Wedel. The 3-car sets (power car+trailer+power car) dated from the late 1930s, although more were built in the 1950s.  Power supply on the Hamburg S-Bahn is 1200 V DC from a third rail.


Gare du Palais, Québec City, Canada

This train and bus station's name comes from its proximity to the Palace of the Intendant of New France. and is today served by Via Rail, and by the private coach company Orléans Express.

Built in 1915 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the two-storey châteauesque station is similar in design to the Château Frontenac in Québec City. The station had no passenger rail service from 1976 to 1985, although it once again hosts regular daily services west to Montreal's Central Station via Drummondville. It was designated a Heritage Railway Station in 1992.

A view from August 1971 when a dismal parking lot dominated the scene.

hobo view of a Canadian Pacific steam freight, 1957

Possibly a G-3 4-6-2, alongside a grove of silver birch trees. No other info.

‘Smart’ tuk-tuks may soon roam Cairo’s streets

Abdel Hamid, who came to Egypt six years ago following the outbreak of the Syrian uprising/civil war, wants to modernize the country’s tuk-tuks with his red-colored, four-wheel, environmentally-friendly mini-car, while also reducing fuel consumption in face of the country’s recent fuel price hikes.

According to the 34-year-old businessman, who is also mechanics-savvy, the new, elegantly-designed tuk-tuk runs on electricity. A fully charged battery allows it to operate for 8-10 hours. In the future, he also hopes to provide the vehicles with air conditioning.

Further, Abdel Hamid and his team are planning to launch a mobile phone application with a GPS function. However, that, he said, depends on the Egyptian authorities agreeing to license the new vehicles and support such a project.

Abdel Hamid’s vehicle is currently on sale for LE 36, 000 ($US 2,040), cheaper than a regular tuk-tuk which costs about LE 38, 000. The three-wheeled vehicles, which have become common in both urban and rural areas in Egypt, are mostly imported from India and China.

Abdel Hamid’s mini-car has already caught the attention of some tuk-tuk drivers who have started asking about it.

Full article on the Egyptian Streets website