Thursday, February 22, 2018

an ice car, literally, Russia


Volchansk, the smallest Russian town to have a tram

It has been in operation since 31 December 1951. The system consists of one line which is 7.6 km long (some of it with an interurban character) in the 5ft Russian gauge and has 5 tramcars.  There are 13 stops. The town's population is about 10,400.

Volchansk tram from victorprofessor on Vimeo.

1928 Peerless sedan and La Salle coupe

1949 Plymouth Woody Station Wagon

More pics

tram on Mt Eden Road, Auckland, 1910s

With Mt Eden in the background. This location was a popular one for postcard producers, see earlier posts and of course, our books.

FS 636 at Brenner with a Süd-Tirol train

Close to the Italian border with Austria, see earlier posts.  Info on the loco

'a real book is so much better than a smartphone'

'Ka Country'

Many readers will recognise this Ian Lewis painting as it was on the cover of the first edition of The Railways of New Zealand: a journey through history from 1990, one of our most popular books.

It depicts 4-8-4 type Ka 933 with a passenger express on the North Island Main Trunk in the golden years of NZR.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

'I like reading books, not iPhones'

Salvador Dali poster for the SNCF Roussillon region, 1969

See the post on La Gare de Perpignan.

electrically hauled phosphate train, Morocco

On the line Casablanca to Khourigba. The loco looks like a E700 series which was an export version of the SNCF BB 8100, of which 14 were built in France by Alsthom in 1951 with a power output of 1,220 kW and a top speed of 110 km/h.

Austrian crocodile

The ÖBB class 1020 was the local designation of the German E94 class, a Co-Co type. After WW2, 44 of them were on Austrian territory and in 1952-1954 the ÖBB created a further 3 from parts for unfinished examples.

From 1967 to 1980, except for the latter 3, they were modernized and received, among other things, two rubber-fixed front windows (originally there were three narrow ones), permanent headlamp tail lamps on the end-bodies and jet fan grilles in them.

From 1970 they were also repainted in orange instead of fir green. In 1995, the last locomotives of this series were retired.

This one has a class 1110 behind it.

Friday, February 16, 2018

SNCF winter safety poster, 1985

"Snow, black ice, deep cold -- redouble vigilance"

'Wagons de chemin de fer à Arles', by Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Being nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Film, we went to see Loving Vincent, which is a fully hand-painted look at the end of his life, using his art styles and based on several of his actual paintings, including this one.  Worth seeing for the original approach.

Rio Grande SD-50

Built in 1984, on the point of an auto-rack train at Kyune, Utah, in 1989. Next in the lash-up is a Cotton Belt B40-8.

Swiss Ae 3/6 with a local train on the Simplon route

No date -- 1960s?

traffic in Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam, circa 1963

A good variety of transport modes.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fiat railcars in Italy, 1974

Aln 56.19 -- built by FIAT in 1937, 2 x 105 hp, max speed 70 km/h - and 64.10 FIAT in 1955, 2 x 185 hp, max speed 80 km/h -- on the line Paola – Cosenza. (Wolfgang Walper pic)

1959 De Soto 2-door hardtop

1952 De Soto Fire Dome

trams in Arnhem, Netherlands, 1910s

On Zijpendaalscheweg.  The electric system lasted from 1911, when the first electrically powered line was opened in cape gauge, to 1944 when most of the fleet was destroyed during the battle of Arnhem.

Since 1996 there has been a tram line on the site of the Dutch Open Air Museum


See also the earlier post.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leyland Comet beer tanker + mini tanker, Dunedin area circa 1970

A promo photo? The mini tankers were hired for parties and events, perhaps this was a big party.

14 February - Valentine's Day

Is there room inside most cars for this sort of thing?

the USSCo ship 'Kawatiri' (3)

Built at Henry Robb shipyard on the Leith in Scotland and launched in 1950.

Capacity: 2484 grt
Power: 2 x Five-cylinder, two-stroke, British Polar M45M of 1,450 bhp (total), 2 x props
Speed: 9.5 knots
Length: 305 ft (100 metres)
In 1972 the ship was sold to Panama and renamed Kawati


Union Steam Ship Company of NZ - Union Royal Mail Line passenger list cover art

Produced for the Union Royal Mail Line via San Francisco, dated 30 August 1933, on the RMS Makura on a voyage from San Francisco to Papeete, Rarotonga, Wellington, Sydney.

For more ship memorabilia like this, see the recent book All at Sea, click the link on the right.

'I like to read books, not silly messages on smartphones'

Bolivian metre gauge 2-6-0

Seen in 1980 with a local train on the Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia.  Info on this line here (Dusty Durrant pic)

1959 Ford F100