Sunday, August 20, 2017

Canadian National trains pass through the Morrissey Rock tunnel, New Brunswick

a steam-hauled 'Ocean Limited' in 1952
"the Morrissey Rock was carved out in 1874 to complete the Intercolonial Railway line from Halifax to Québec City. Without the tunnel in the Morrissey Rock it would not have been possible to fulfill the wish of the Québec City Conference of 1864 to build a railway link “ad mare usque ad mare”, from sea to sea, which eventually brought about the conditions for Confederation in 1867. At the time the tunnel was the only one of its kind in the Maritime Provinces. The first through passenger train service from Halifax to Québec City was on July 6, 1876."

Great Lakes self-discharging bulk tanker MV 'Edgar B Speer'

 This is still in use; more details

1929(?) Ford drives through flood water in Auckland, 1934

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.