Thursday, February 28, 2013
This impressive system, officially called an aerial tramway, but usually referred to in the English speaking world as a gondola or aerial cableway, was opened in 1963 after nearly 3 decades of planning. The pic shows a cabin reaching the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft (2,596 metres) elevation.
A history and technical information is on this official webpage
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A video published last week. This intermodal facility covers 500 acres (200 hectares) and can handle 2 million containers a year.
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One last photo from the Great British Car Rally in Wellington last week. This tiny model only lasted two years and this was one of only 475 produced. Given its minuscule carrying capacity this is hardly surprising.
Engine: 948 cc, output 34 hp at 4,750 rpm
Maximum torque: 50lb/ft (67.8 Nm) at 2,000 rpm
Length 11ft 4.4ins (3.465 metres)
Width 4ft 7.1ins (1.4 metres)
Height 4ft 11.3in (1.455 metres)
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5in (2.02 metres)
Track - front 3ft 9.2in (1.15 metres) ; rear - 3ft 8.8in (1.14 metres)
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This standard gauge mining railway, now known as Pilbara Rail, transports all iron ore mined in the Hamersley Ranges of northern Western Australia to the ports at either Dampier or Cape Lambert near Wickham. The trains are operated on an American scale. In this pic a pair of ALCo Century 628 diesel-electric locos are seen on a train to Dampier in the early 1970s. This model was one of the last built by ALCo, a Co-Co type with 2,750 hp (2,051 kW) output of which 186 were built between December 1963 and December 1968. One is preserved at Seven Mile Yard in Dampier
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101 years after the first 'Titanic' went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean come plans for 'Titanic II'
And a straight replica at that, apart from modern technological refinements. One hopes too that this one will have more lifeboats...
The cost has been estimated at more than US$200 million, but for Australian mining mogul Clive Palmer that is a drop in the ocean...
NZ Herald article and vid
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Another photo considered for but not used in the books Wellington: a Capital Century and Wellington Transport Memories. For details of what is in this, see those books.
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Available info on this train is scant but it would have traveled between Jakarta and Surabaya on the 3'6" gauge track. Before 1949 Indonesia was a Dutch colony, usually referred to as the Dutch East Indies. Prints of this poster are available commercially.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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One of the most significant figures in the US Class 1 railroad statistics posted a couple of weeks ago was the growth in intermodal traffic - between 2009 and 2011 this increased by an aggregate 2 million carloads; a big reduction in congestion on the highways. In this commercial CSX states that one of their freight trains carries what 280 trucks do.
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More of general than transport interest this one as it shows the harbour (east) side of Tinakori Road in the foreground, which was demolished for the foothills motorway of the 1960s, including one of the Katherine Mansfield houses in the centre right.
One of the questions we tried to answer but without success for the book Wellington: a Capital Century was how many houses in Thorndon in total were demolished to make way for for the motorway. However, a 'ball park' figure is 100. For more, see that book.
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|There's nothing subtle about the inferences here, although as well as GT wheels you would need a dwelling and attire to match. Hiring all that for a fling may get expensive :-)|
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Although a relatively small engine, the photographer's below track standpoint still manages to make it look impressive. A saddle tank means that the water tank went over the top as well as along the sides of the boiler to maximise heat capture from it, but had the disadvantage of reducing visibility from the cab. These were built by Sharp Stewart between 1897 and 1909. GNR became part of LNER in the 1923 'grouping'. The engine shown, J52 No. 68846 (GNR No. 1247), has been preserved in the National Collection.
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As an integral part of LA car culture, the drive-in movie developed there and spread to the rest of the country - and overseas including Australia. As we noted in the book Celluloid Dreams, however, it never happened in NZ.
Usually they featured B movies and often for attendees, watching the movie was secondary to having a 'pash' with your companion inside the car :-)
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