Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Alco S2 switcher

Seen in CP livery in 1974 and probably it hadn't been repainted since construction in 1946. 

This model was powered by an ALCo 539 turbocharged, 4-stroke 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 1,000 hp (746 kW) feeding 2 x GE 731 traction motors on each truck (bogie). The S-2 was built between August 1940 and June 1950, with a total of 1502 completed

airplane affection?

(from a viral e-mail)

sea rescue raft

Another item seen at MoMA in NYC a few years ago - the page on the MoMA website

jihadist attack on Quebec mosque leaves 6 dead

A jihad attack on a mosque? Yes, it seems Saudi-inspired Muslims don't like moderate Islam any more than other religions.  Maybe moderate Muslims should support Trump's measures instead of complaining about them.

Sources report the Quebec mosque shooting suspects are Bashir Al-Taweed and Hassan Matti who shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before opening fire [what else?]

Le Mans 24 heures poster, 1960

Presumably it's a picture of the 1959 event.

Chinatown Muni Station Entrance art, San Francisco

The mural outside where it is being built, due for opening in December 2018.

'I like to read a book on my bed'

Cardinal Beer wagon on the Visp-Zermatt metre-gauge cog-wheel line, 1961

Brewed in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Monday, January 30, 2017

1924 Ahrens Fox fire truck

1969 Fiat 130 2800 limousine model

1966 Austin Vanden Plas Princess

1960 Chevrolet Bel Air

rails past Castle Rocks

Two cases:  Castle Rock on the Mossburn Branch in NZ in the 1960s (Chris Bradley pic) and past Castle Rock in Utah, now on a Union Pacific main line (see earlier).

The origin of the NZ name is a little less than obvious for those who travel on the Lumsden to Mossburn Road, and the branch railway disappeared in 1983.

Canadian PM says Muslims refused entry to the US are welcome there

Article below.  There are some aspects which the media have omitted; one is that the seven countries were not specified under Trump's executive order: they were already targeted under the Obama administration and if anyone from a Visa Waiver Country (including NZ) visited them, then they would be rejected under ESTA and would need to apply for a Visa in the normal manner.  Another is that in the four years 2011-2015 under the Obama administration only 1,883 Muslim refugees were admitted to the US.  This number was substantially increased last year, however.

The actual number of Muslim terrorists -- in the sense of those willing to carry out attacks either in the country they are in or in another -- living in Western countries isn't great; even in Merkel's Germany it's unlikely there are more than about 20,000 of them.

What there are huge numbers of, however, are Muslims who agree with and support the terrorists in one or more ways.

There are also huge numbers of Muslims who have attitudes that are simply incompatible with Western values, who believe that their religion entitles them to commit crimes against kuffar, particularly sexual offenses against women and children, who aren't interested in working for a living but in exploiting and defrauding welfare, or living from the proceeds of crime, drug dealing in particular.

These are the ones who must be refused entry.


The Canadian Prime Minister has said his country will accept refugees rejected by the USA as a result of President Trump’s ban.

Justin Trudeau, 45, announced the move in a Twitter message last night that read: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada”.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1958 Borgward Isabella

mid 1960s Hino bus, Japan

ad with an Indian local electric train

"Local transport, represented by yellow-black Taxis, BEST Buses, Auto Rickshaws and local trains, is an integral part of people’s lives in Mumbai. Tata Indicom was launching a new tariff plan in Mumbai, where all calls from Mumbai to anywhere in Maharashtra and Goa could be made at a local rate of 50 paisa (less than 2 American Cents). The concept in the campaign is simple and yet eye catching. The ads show how one can now 'reach' different places in the state at 50p. Local transport of Mumbai has been used to showcase the message."

Dow 'quiet train' commercial

1965 Hino 7 Ton ZH12 dump truck

when mom goes on a protest march but you've got nothing to complain about

Saturday, January 28, 2017

not Wellington Harbour

Although you could be excused for mistaking it.  Actually a scene at an unidentified Russian port and dated 1972

vehicles cross a bridge over the Vistula, Warsaw, circa 1900

All horse-drawn. At the time Warsaw was part of the Russian Empire; that didn't change until the creation of modern Poland after WW1.

paddle steam boat on Lake Wanaka, circa 1900

when it's time for an attack but the funding from Saudi Arabia hasn't come through?

'I like to read a book in the coffee break, not finger a smartphone'

WW2 British railway posters

In essence, the message that the war effort came first.

Brush-bodied Bristol bus, Wilmslow, art

a bus approaches the brow of The Hill, Burford, England, late 1930s

1971 Buick Lesabre Custom convertible

1950 Jaguar Mark V saloon

From an ad of the time. See and earlier post for a photo of one.

Friday, January 27, 2017

1964 Mazda 800 estate

At least that's what we think it is, obviously a picture taken in Japan.

the final Ford Falcon

We should have included this with our Australia Day posts yesterday.

This is the last Ford built in Australia.

The blue oval released photos and information of the final Falcon rolling off the production line on 7 October 2016.

The blue Falcon XR6 was the last of 4,356,628 vehicles manufactured by Ford since it began local manufacturing in a rented wool stores in Geelong in 1925.

It is believed the final 10 cars were built that day at the Broadmeadows plant. Ford Australia CEO Graeme Whickman hosted a private ceremony with the 600 workers still employed in the manufacturing side of the business.

"Today is an emotional day for all of us at Ford," said Whickman. "We are saying goodbye to some of our proud and committed manufacturing employees and marking an end to 91 years of manufacturing in Australia.

See earlier posts

1921 Albert

This marque lasted 1920-1929 -- more info

1920 Vauxhall convertible

lessons from Gaza for Trump's wall with Mexico

The Gaza strip, geographically small but with about 2 million residents (see earlier post) has long seen illegals crossing into Israel (a length of about 60 km or 37 miles) and Egypt (about 12 km).  The problem is less from them going over the top than underneath the border with tunnels.  As a result the two countries have had to extend the fortification well below ground.

Gaza is, of course, full of Muslim terrorists (primarily the Hamas group) who use the tunnels to send out jihadists to conduct attacks on Egyptian and Israeli security personnel and to smuggle explosives and weapons in to make rockets etc. As as result the wall goes 20 metres (66 ft) below the surface and is made of bomb-proof, super-strength steel.

More info

The problem with Mexico is different from Gaza as the illegals are mostly drug dealers and economic migrants who aren't interested in being part of a mass exodus of their fellow countrymen to wage jihad, but simply to enrich themselves.  Thus a physical barrier wouldn't need that kind of measure which would involve big cost if extended over some 2,000 km, even if Mexico ends up paying for it.  In fairness we think the cost of border enforcement including physical barriers should be shared between the two countries.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Western Australian S class 4-8-2 with a passenger train, 1970

Location not stated, probably a photo stop on a fan trip.  See earlier posts.

26 January - Australia Day

So, some Oz pics.  Here scenes of Launceton, Tasmania, trams in 1911.

"The opening ceremony was on 16 August 1911, in Brisbane Street, when six trams carried invited guests over the inaugural routes to King's Bridge, Newstead and Mowbray. In October a fourth route, to Sandhill, opened.

"The trams were attractive single deck vehicles with enclosed saloons and open sections, painted maroon and yellow, outlined in gold. The fleet grew to 29 vehicles, the last three being large double bogie trams which were very popular. Most of the original fourteen trams lasted the life of the system.

"Apart from extensions of the 1911 routes, to Trevallyn, Wentworth Street, Mowbray Heights and Carr Villa Cemetery, later routes served High Street, Basin Road and King's Wharf. The first depot, in Invermay Road, survives as a convention centre, having been abandoned by the tramways in favour of a new depot in Howick Street following the 1929 flood. The Howick Street premises continue in use today as the city's bus depot.

"As with other provincial tramways, Launceston's size scarcely justified the cost of construction and operation. However, in 1911 trams were the only available mechanised street transport. Low patronage, combined with the age of the equipment, led to the Council to replace the system with electric trolley buses in 1952. The official 'last tram' no 1, returned to the depot on 13 December,1952. Tram no 16, now diesel powered, runs as an attraction at Penny Royal World, bogie car no 29 has been restored and is displayed at Inveresk, and the body of no 11 has been cleverly incorporated into the 'Tram Bar' at the Great Northern Hotel. The restored body of no 13 is displayed at the Tasmanian Transport Museum."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

the world's northern-most city wharf

Longyearbyen, Norway, (known as Longyear City until 1926) has a population of about 2,100 and is the centre of Svalbard. The town was established by and named after John Munro Longyear, whose Arctic Coal Company started coal mining operations in 1906.

cargo vessel 'Rem Hrist'

This was built in 2011, and yes, we think it looks like a sea-truck too.  The pics look like the coast of Norway.

Details and more pics

Donald Trump is to sign orders restricting refugee access and immigration to the U.S. from Muslim countries

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.

In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

Trump’s restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of the vetting process.

The Republican president was expected to sign the orders at the Washington headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, whose responsibilities include immigration and border security.

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We think Saudi Arabians should be included in this list.  The extremist Wahhabism is the official, exclusive doctrine in that country and is cited by ISIS (among others) as their inspiration and can be witnessed in their practices.  Everyone knows that 15 of the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were indoctrinated by the Saudi regime.

from Martigny to Chamonix by metre gauge, 1963

With the third rail current supply and the cog wheel rail obvious - thus four rails. Chamonix is of course in France, see earlier post.