Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CIDNA 'Flèche d'Orient' poster 1930

The Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne was a French-Romanian airline that began operating in 1920. Its "Orient Arrow" service connected Paris with Istanbul, with stops in Eastern Europe along the way, offering same-day service for passengers, freight and post. CIDNA ceased to exist when it merged in 1933 with other French airlines to form Air France.

Alco-built 'Pacific' from 1910

Cunard line poster featuring the 'Campania' or 'Lucania'

These were launched in 1892 and 1893, respectively and were the pride of the Cunard fleet until 1907 when they were superseded by the Lusitania and the Mauritania.


Baldwin-built 0-6-0 switcher of the UP

Built April 1918, retired in 1957, now preserved as at static exhibit at the Travel Town museum in Los Angeles.

More pics

Monday, October 16, 2017

vessels in Yalta, Crimea, circa 1910

Part of Russia at the time, for about 60 years part of Ukraine and recently part of Russia again.

This place was the venue for the Yalta Conference of February 1945 in which President FDR and Winston Churchill agreed to carve up Germany and Austria into occupation zones and to let Stalin redraw the maps of Eastern Europe after WW2.

Muslim terrorist bombs kill at least 276 in Mogadishu, Somalia

It's a country that's long been characterized by violence, terrorism and piracy, and usually the attacks get little media coverage for that reason, but the size of this one was enough to be an exception.  The believed perpetrators of this impressive attack are Al-Shabab, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.

recent media on the Patagonian Express

Some will have seen the Chris Tarrant episode of his Extreme Railway Journeys series on this well-known adventure train at the bottom of Argentina, and if you haven't it's worth viewing like the other episodes -- details

A book which appeared about the same time at the end of last year was this one, a mystery story set on it (presumably, none of us have yet read it).

See also the earlier post.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

'Trans-Australian' train promo, circa 1975

The reference to Australian National Railways and the graphic showing the previous Commonwealth Railways locomotive livery style dates this to 1975 or shortly after. The train was extended to Adelaide in 1982 when the line from Port Pirie to there was standard gauged.  The train ceased in 1991.

'tractor' between Rose Grove and Padiham Power Station, England, 1967

'Tractor' was the nickname for the 37 Class English Electric-built Co-Co's as apparently they sounded like the ones on farms.  This branch, part of the former North Lancashire Loop, lasted until 1993.  Info

ship in Brindisi harbour, Italy, circa 1900

'do you have a transpress nz book?'

Brünn trams, Czechia

a Tatra T3M type

...as the Czech Republic is now called.  The city of Brünn (Brno) had the first tramway in the country and today is the second largest system after Prague.  Horse trams began in 1869, steam in 1886 and conversion to electricity in 1900,

On 21 June 1900 the first electrified lines were put into operation with 41 traction cars and 41 trailers, cars; most of the latter were taken over from the steam tramway. New lines were built in the first year of operation, making 5 of them.

In 1914, the Brünner Elektrischen Strassenbahnen company became financially troubled and was taken over by the Österreichischen Elektrizitäts Lieferungs Aktiengesellschaft of Vienna. During WW1, only one stretch was extended - to a hospital.

After the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the Společnost brněnských pouličních drah company took over the enterpriseFrom 1924, new lines were built, later the focus was on the construction of a second track on single-track lines.

In 1938 eight routes were in operation. In 1942, the local railway Brno-Lösch, a normal railway, was taken over and converted into a tram line by electrification.

In 1947 the first post-WW2 line was built in Komin.

Today there are 11 lines with an aggregate route length of 70.2 km in standard gauge powered by 600 Volts from overhead using 305 vehicles.

fixing the donk

a century since the battle of Passchendaele, the darkest day for NZ's Military

An article on the stuff site:
One hundred years ago, the fields of Flanders in Belgium were the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I. Here's how the Battle of Passchendaele became the worst catastrophe in New Zealand's military history.

Passchendaele, along with the Somme, came to symbolise the Great War for many.

Read the rest, including a one-minute video

1982 Mercedes-Benz OF1617 bus

As used to deliver The Dominion newspapers -- and "Royal Mail"? (Peter Healy pic?)

Friday, October 13, 2017

1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

Swiss rail travel art, circa 1950

Probably a generic rather than a real scene.  The cloud evokes a steam loco plume, but like nearly all in Switzerland by that stage, it is electric.

a voyage on the 'Monowai' postcard, circa 1950

This is an historically famous ship internationally, for some details as to why, see this webpage

For more, see the forthcoming book All at Sea.

container ship sunrise near the Equator

A photo by Alfred Memelink from the bridge of the Aotea.  For details, see the forthcoming book All at Sea.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Viaduc du Viaur poster, circa 1904

This 460 metre long, 116 metre high viaduct was opened in October 1903 on the line from Castelnaudary to Rodez, then on the CdF Midi. The main arch extends over a length of 220 metres and crosses the deep valley of the Viaur between Rodez and Albi. It consists of two articulated cantilever beams, each extended by a short constant section beam and a two-arch masonry abutment. It is the only bridge of this type in France and was classified as a monument historique on 28 December 1984.

Wellington suburban electric multiple unit arrives at Wellington station, 1981

This is a screen shot from the opening credits of the TV comedy show Gliding On about life in the NZ public service based in Wellington, which screened 1981-1985.  It showed the train arriving and passengers pouring out, most of them office workers. That's still the case today, but with Matangi units instead of the old English Electrics.

For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.