Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Part of Russia at the time, for about 60 years part of Ukraine and recently part of Russia again.
This place was the venue for the Yalta Conference of February 1945 in which President FDR and Winston Churchill agreed to carve up Germany and Austria into occupation zones and to let Stalin redraw the maps of Eastern Europe after WW2.
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Some will have seen the Chris Tarrant episode of his Extreme Railway Journeys series on this well-known adventure train at the bottom of Argentina, and if you haven't it's worth viewing like the other episodes -- details
A book which appeared about the same time at the end of last year was this one, a mystery story set on it (presumably, none of us have yet read it).
See also the earlier post.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
The reference to Australian National Railways and the graphic showing the previous Commonwealth Railways locomotive livery style dates this to 1975 or shortly after. The train was extended to Adelaide in 1982 when the line from Port Pirie to there was standard gauged. The train ceased in 1991.
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'Tractor' was the nickname for the 37 Class English Electric-built Co-Co's as apparently they sounded like the ones on farms. This branch, part of the former North Lancashire Loop, lasted until 1993. Info
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