Sunday, April 22, 2018
As in many other places, trams disappeared decades ago but they seem set for a return here, according to this article.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
For UK Prime Minister Theresa May it's clearly an obsession on her part to "blame and punish the Russians at every opportunity, regardless of the truth". The rebel-aligned "White Helmets" who made the claim are known to be a highly dubious bunch.
"Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.
"Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack."
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
A total 769 units of the SW1200 Bo-Bo type switcher were built by EMD, and 287 were produced by the associate of EMD in Canada, General Motors Canada, between 1954 and 1966. The RS denoted large front and rear (on some units) numberboard housings, EMD Flexicoil B-B trucks, and larger fuel tanks for road-switcher service. Of the 297, the majority, 208, went to Canadian National.
The prime mover was a V12 567C diesel engine with a 1200 hp output.
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Seen near Coteau, Quebec.
"The SD70M-2 is the SD70ACe's DC-traction counter-part. Like the SD70ACe, the locomotive was rated at 4,300 hp. NS ordered all of their SD70M-2's at 4,000 hp. Norfolk Southern (NS), Florida East Coast (FEC), and Canadian National (CN) were the only customers to purchase this locomotive new.
"CN has the most SD70M-2's of any railroad, at 190 units."
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It's not recorded what this train was, but the cars weren't for Main Trunk expresses, nor why a De diesel rather than an Ew or Ed electric was hauling it as far as the then end of the wires in Paekakariki.
The alignment and the single track were later replaced with straight double track along the shore of the Porirua Harbour, and several years later the same was done with the road.
For more see our books. (Derek Cross pic)
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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Because of the toxic nature of the smoke, it's illegal to burn tires in California and presumably elsewhere.
This was part of a regular Hamas-organised display of Gazan attitudes towards their neighbors. As well as air pollution, the Gazans also indulged in throwing Molotov cocktails over and placing explosives on the border fence, as well as shooting at Israeli border personnel.
Portrait pictures burnt included not only the usual subjects -- the Israeli PM and Defense Minister and the U.S. President -- but also the Saudi Crown Prince who recently recognized Israel's right to exist.
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Obviously a promo photo for the new company vehicles. "Morepork" is the local imitative name for an owl, but being butchers' supplies, perhaps the brand was also a pun?
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Friday, April 13, 2018
Very near the end of the use of these railcars, a group of enthusiasts arranged for some photo stops with this Christchurch bound twinset.
This pic by Mark Denne shows it near the top of the Cass Bank with Lake Sarah and the Southern Alps devoid of snow as the background. Another photo from a different camera position was in the book The Midland Line.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Which it would have been at the time the photo was taken. Hakataramea was 1.8 km further on, but that was closed in July 1930 and the name then changed to the Kurow Branch.
This line served a major role in building hydro dams on the Waitaki River, and it lasted until these were complete in 1983. The 59 km line from Pukeuri (on the Main South Line) was then closed and lifted. For more, see our books.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Detail from an M.R. Jackson painting of the less than 2-year-old interisland ferry Wahine on the rocks near Seatoun just inside Wellington harbour on 10 April 1968.
Although the 53 fatalities didn't make it the worst shipwreck in NZ history, it is the worst in living memory, and something which those who were in Wellington at the time will never forget.
The storm not only caused the sinking of the Wahine but also caused a lot of damage to the city: roofs were blown off and prefab classrooms at the Karori primary school were ripped off their foundations.
For details, see the book Strait Crossing by Vic Young. The new book All at Sea also has some coverage of the event.
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Monday, April 9, 2018
But a severe storm was approaching and hit Cook Strait early the next day... (Wallace Tricktt painting)
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Sunday, April 8, 2018
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A pic taken in the 1960s from about where Wendy's Secret Garden is now (below). This short branch line was originally for cross-harbour ferry connections, but the tracks in front of Luna Park became simply a stabling area for the electric trains after the Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932.
One notes a Union Steam Ship Company ship berthed in the centre distance.
For lots more, see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand.
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Needless to say, it was a car for Communist Party elite and army generals, even if (unusually) ordinary citizens could buy one if they could afford to.
More pics of this one here
Info about the model, produced 1950-1960, here
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On the main north line about 130 km north of Sydney. With a 2.3% or 1 in 44 grade it was a popular place to take pictures. No date - 1960s?.
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Friday, April 6, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Two pics of the Prussian G 8.1 (in DB service class 055) 0-8-0. Over 5,000 examples of this class were produced between 1913 and 1921.
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Those attending the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will likely notice one of these New Generation Rollingstock or NGR 6-car trains as there are now 9 in service, the first was on 11 December 2017. Their introduction wasn't problem-free, as is sometimes the case. A total of 75 are being built.
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