Saturday, September 23, 2017

'Imaginary Habour' art

By Edward Wadsworth, A.R.A. (English, 1889-1949).  More

the first Cook Strait roll-on, roll-off ferry 'Aramoana'

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pahiatua Railcar Society win award for restoration of Wairarapa railcar RM5


Chicago and North Western Line railroad poster, 1939

'reading a book is much better than silly messages on a smartphone'

Dutch railways poster, 1938

"With the regularity of clockwork."

unorthodox load restraint

In the Philippines?

50 years of the 'Rheingold' medallion

This train, named after a Wagner opera, began in 1928, so presumably this item dates from 1978.  As is shown it ran between Geneva and Amsterdam, including most of the Rhine.  Info

Israel's Netanyahu and Egypt's Al-Sisi meet in New York

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

'a big book is much better than a little smartphone'

Mexican 3 ft gauge 2-8-0

A class G-033 built by Baldwin in 1921, seen in 1963, location not given. Info

1965 Holden HD ad

This model was made over 1965-1966.  The pic is taken at Milsons Point in Sydney. Info

on the 'Monowai' in the Tasman Sea, circa 1960

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.

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...
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack to rock London — the fifth this year — after a homemade bomb exploded in a packed subway car on Friday, sending panicked passengers fleeing for cover during the morning rush hour.

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Göschenen on the Gotthardbahn, Switzerland, poster

"The gate to the south."  Age uncertain.

a car and a tram on K Road, Auckland

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)."

Le Jouet de Paris at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs poster, 1968

"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."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

tram in Tay Street, Invercargill, 1910s

With an intriguing Greco Roman temple at left and a woman in the upstairs window of the Cecil Hotel.

See earlier posts, and of course our books.

train tracks and tram tracks in Downtown Auckland, January 1921

According to the Auckland Library: "Looking south east from Robertson Building in Quay Street East, showing Breakwater Road, now Britomart Place (foreground), railway yards, Beach Road (left to right), premises of J B King, plumbers, Skeates and White (right), Anzac Avenue (left of centre), Cargen flats (right background), with trams and horse-drawn carts in the street." (Henry Winkelmann photo)

a short steam train in the station of Al-Midan, Syria, early 20th century

Al-Midan is a neighbourhood and municipality in Damascus, just south of the old walled city and very near the modern city centre. In the 2004 census, it had a population of 177,456 -- most of it is probably now in western Europe.

a westbound Tranz Alpine train descends the Cass Bank

For lots more, see the book On the TransAlpine Trail (KiwiRail pic)

Monday, September 11, 2017

fly by an SAS DC-6 to Japan to see a sampan loaded with bamboo, 1953

London's St Katherine's Dock under construction, January 1828

By William Ranwell. Info

Belgian electric multiple unit from 1935

Passing by Epegem on the line from Bruxelles to Malines. No date.

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.

to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 here are some "Darwin akbar"s for light relief