Saturday, September 23, 2017
As those who have our books know, this ferry from 1962 caused a revolution in inter-island freight transport.
This postcard is from the 1970s, obvious from the 'lazy z' NZR logo which appeared in the early part of that decade. There is also another visual clue which those who have our books know.
For lots more, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Vic Young and the forthcoming book All at Sea by Emmanuel Makarios.
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The meeting, on the sidelines of the UN, lasted for 90 minutes and was the first time they have met publicly although they met in secret twice last year. Al Sisi wants a solution to the decades old Palestinian issue and general Arab recognition of Israel. Story
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A total of 50 of these two-car (one powered plus an unpowered trailer) were built by Fiat between 1952 and 1956. Info
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Monday, September 18, 2017
This was a ship of the (NZ-owned) Union Steam Ship Company, whose trans-Tasman passenger services, like those of the Australian-owned Huddart Parker Line, succumbed to competition from the airlines in the early 1960s.
For lots more, see our maritime books, in particular the forthcoming All at Sea.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Islamic State claims responsibility for London subway attack that injured 29; terror threat 'critical'
|This looks a rather feeble device for the IS group to claim credit for...|
In response to the attack, which left dozens of passengers injured, U.K. officials raised the terror threat to critical, meaning another attack is imminent.
Authorities said the incident was caused by an improvised explosive device that had been left inside a bucket in a supermarket cooler bag on a busy subway car. Photos on social media showed a white bucket on fire inside the train.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
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Is it a Chevrolet? This is another Henry Winkelmann photo, not dated but probably early 1920s like the earlier one. The Auckland Library says: "Looking east along Karangahape Road, showing Melverns Great Household Stores and the Tabernacle Buildings (left), Partington's Windmill (centre) and premises of Wickens and Sutcliffe (right)."
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"un Hydravion F260, un canot JEP 4, avec son fanion rouge et blanc, un paquebot Normandie, une voiture conduite intérieur, un train électrique et son tunnel."
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
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The AM35 class was built for the first electrified line of the SNCB from Bruxelles - Antwerp in 1935. and the SNCB placed 12 of these 4-car sets (of a B’B’ + 2’2’ + 2’2’ + B’B’ axle arrangement) in service, inaugurated a few days before the Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles of that year. Most of the 4-car sets were expanded to 6 cars before long by the use of extra unpowered trailers. Power output per 4-car set was was 1,300 hp; length 91 metres (300 ft); 116 1st class seating places and 237 in second class.
Because of their heavy weight they were retired prematurely between 1959 and 1962 as they caused high rail wear. One passenger set was preserved plus a postal set.
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
The "Grands réseaux de Chemins de fer Francais" were nationalised into the SNCF at the beginning of 1938.
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