Friday, August 18, 2017

Cairo is getting a light rail system


It will cover 66 km and run at speeds up to 120 km/h.

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.

1962 Buick 2-door hardtop



Italian 3-phase AC electric loco from 1908


The class E550, a five-coupled-axles type of which 186 were built until 1921 and were used on the lines wired for this until 1965.

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1960 Oldsmobile Super 88



1919 White bus


In San Francisco. (shorpy.com)

Barcelona gets its turn for an 'allahu akbar' attack



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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

cars outside the Pacific Union Club, San Francisco, 1940s


A well-known building and one of only two to survive the earthquake and fire of 1906.

British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven


This one belonged to the Oman Air Force, seen at an RAF Fairford airshow.  It was produced from 1963 to 1982 in the UK and from 1982 to 1989 in Romania under license, known there as the Rombac One-Eleven.

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British ship of the coast of Aden (Yemen) circa 1910


A place called Steamer Point.