China is known for mangled English signage, but as a pictogram this still defies interpretation...
Friday, February 28, 2014
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Seen in 1970 is an early 1940s Twin Coach trolley bus in service in Seattle, a city that bought 177 of them between 1940 and 1943. The Twin Coach company lasted from 1927 to 1955, based in Kent, Ohio. In 1955 the bus manufacturing operations were sold to Flxible which was also based in Ohio. For a while Flxible used the Twin Coach name along with its own and some buses carried front name plates that gave both names and combined the companies' two logos into one. By 1963 the use of the Twin Coach name on buses had been discontinued.
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The Lolland Railway (Lollandsbanen) operates the 50 km (31 mile) Nykøbing Falster to Nakskov line, mostly on the island of Lolland. Established in 1954, it is based on the remains of Det Lolland-Falsterske Jernbane-Selskab (LFJS). The company is owned mostly by Storstrøm County (since 2007 part of Region Sjælland) plus municipalities located along the line.
|This features a Frichs built diesel loco from the early 1930s|
|A locomotive built by Frichs in 1952 of the Lollandsbanen, road number 31.|
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Pioneered In 1987 by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, electronic stability control helps reduce skids when the vehicle is not going where the driver is steering and thus makes cars safer. Most new cars already have it. The government says that all imported second hand cars will be required to have it by 2020. It can not be retro-fitted, however, so we assume that exemptions will be made for classic cars.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
On what looks a newly built bridge is a 4-4-0 with perhaps a caboose, a woman in a long dress is at the open side door.
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An art deco building from 1937. The times shown on the clock tower faces obviously weren't exactly aligned. A couple of Geoff Churchman photos considered for but not used in the book Wellington: a Capital century.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The back of the new $10 plastic banknote released last November features a portrait of a VIA Rail rebuilt EMD F40PH-2, delivered in November 1986, hauling The Canadian trans-Canada passenger train. The $C is normally close in value to the $U.S., although it experiences periodic dives.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This was announced by the company's top boss last Friday, although not the exact date when it will occur. It's almost an acknowledgement of its extremely bad behaviour since it was split from the Post Office in 1987 and then sold by the Government. But people aren't so easily fooled: "same thing with a different name" - simply more of the same autocratic attitudes and fleecing customers for as much as it can get away with to pay to its bosses and shareholders while delivering as little as it can get away with. As a TV commentator pointed out, spelt backwards it reads KRAPS. At least in mobile it no longer has the lion's share of the market and only ranks as number two - its constant attempts to stifle the competition didn't succeed. And the Government eventually saw the need to dismember the Goliath into separate entities in 2011 just as the Reagan administration in the U.S. saw the need to split up AT&T in 1984.
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