Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An Ab at Otira with a short passenger train for Greymouth

For lots more, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour

'I like to read a book on my bed'

1963 Buick Wildcat convertible

railway refreshment rooms cup, NSW

Made by Dunn Bennett of England.  For the equivalents used in NZ, see the book New Zealand Railway Memorabilia.

Finnish railtour poster

Age uncertain, maybe 1950s.

Rivarossi tramway model packing art

From the look of the fashions at right, quite early in the electric tram era.

transport activity in Maashaven, Rotterdam, 1970

A two-car diesel multiple unit, a conventional cargo ship, various small boats, a 1964 Chevrolet and a truck.

a Mexican 2-8-2

A KR2 class, crossing the plains of Queretaro to the north in September 1962: road number 2127 -- info here.

Paris to Milan train in the Iselle station, Italy, circa 1910

Just on the Italian side of the Simplon tunnel from Switzerland. We figure the train was hauled through the tunnel by the electric loco on the left and the steamer, a 2-8-0 type, has just been attached.

The guy in the middle, presumably a supervisor, has an impressive hat.  See earlier posts.

Egyptian TV Host Youssef Al-Husseini: Muslims Have Contributed Nothing but Terror, So Why Do You Expect The West to Love You?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Leyland-Verheul buses in Amsterdam, early 1970s

bus in Frévent, France, 1919

It looks like a ladder mounted along the side -- for putting luggage on the roof maybe?

canal, tram and cars in Nantes, France

A photo from 2012.  See earlier posts on Nantes trams.

Dennis open-sided bus, 1910s

This was almost certainly a factory promotional photo.  The front seat seems a little crowded: the guy wearing the pale coat is probably the driver, but he is holding the steering wheel with his left hand only.

Monday, June 26, 2017

cars in Ginza Street, Tokyo, 1957

The same intersection as in the two previous posts with a close-up of the curved building.  The cars are British and French, although the van is probably Japanese.

traffic in Ginza Street, Tokyo, 1971

Virtually the same location as in the previous post.

traffic in Ginza Street, Tokyo, 1950s

The tramlines have since gone and most of the buildings have since been replaced with much taller ones.

Essen Strassenbahn (streetcar) exhibition stamp, 1928

Not a postage stamp, but probably intended for use with them as a city promotional item.

1957 Leyland Comet bus art

Blue Bus fleet number 2 is shown at Mauriceville in the Wairarapa on its morning school run with the regular driver of the day Margaret Goodin, circa 1981.

This is another in the TRANZIT 100 series: Crawley Ridley new to Martin Smith Motors of Masterton then sold to Blue Bus Services. The bus never carried the company's new branding of Tranzit, but ran on local school runs with no company name on its bodywork from 1985 to 1995 when it was retired and sold for preservation in Hawkes Bay. The same owner bought this Wallace Trickett oil painting.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1973 Austin Allegro

An interesting article on this very reviled car is here

1967 Cadillac DeVille

Opua to Okiato for Russell car ferry, Bay of Islands, circa 1980

Opua to Russell is a distance of 9 km, Okiato is just across the inlet.

1968 Triumph Vitesse

This six-cylinder 2-seater car was produced from 1962-1971 in saloon and convertible variants.

General Electric invests in Egypt's railway infrastructure

Interior of the Ramses station in Cairo.
It includes a 15-year agreement for parts and technical support for GE locomotives in ENR’s new and current fleet. The agreement includes technical training aimed at improving local capabilities and technical skills for more than 275 ENR engineers and employees. A total of $US 575 million according to this article

1964 Morris Oxford Traveller

viligante mows down Muslims with a van outside the Finsbury Mosque in London


One killed, 8 injured.  The perpetrator, obviously intending a revenge attack, was captured.

For a number of reasons, we strongly recommend against vigilante actions like this.

The scorecard kept by the religion of peace website puts it into context, however.

1950 Pau, France, Grand Prix poster

Monday, June 19, 2017

1967 Chrysler Imperial

1937 Adler 2.5 liter

Clearly influenced by earlier cars like the Chrysler Airflow, a total 21,249 of this model were produced until 1940 and WW2.   Wikipedia article

The Adler 2 liter was a more standard shape, the 1939 brochure front and back below: