Friday, July 28, 2017

Convair CV580 F

A twin-engined commercial transport aircraft produced by modifications to the 440 model with two Allison 501 D13D/H turboprop engines with four-blade propellers, in place of piston engines with three-blade propellers, an enlarged vertical fin and modified horizontal stabilizers.  The first was delivered to a customer in 1964.

Length: 24.84 metres; Span: 32.12 metres; Weight empty: 13,732 kg Maximum take-off weight: 23,371 kg; Passengers: up to 56; Maximum cruising speed: 550 km/h (342 mph); Ceiling: 6,096 metres (20,000 ft).

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Warsaw tram stop, 1960s

Polish train, bus and ferry timetable cover, Summer 1948

'I like reading books, do you?'

Polish railway day FDC, 9 September 1954

Deutsche Post punt

1929 Willys Whippet

1928 Essex Super 6

the largest Military Base in the Middle East opens in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [has] inaugurated a military base in Egypt that is reportedly the largest in the Middle East.

A number of top Arab government officials, such as Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, attended the inauguration.

The Mohamed Naguib Military Base, located west of Alexandria in Al-Hamam area, was built on a military city that was first constructed in 1993.

According to the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson, the military base consists of more than 1,100 new or recently renovated buildings. The spokesperson added that the new base would be used for joint military exercises with other countries.

23 July - Egypt's National Day

So, some Egyptian scenes
boats in the Nile, circa 1900
a MISR Airwork poster post-WW2
a Beech D-18-S -- info here

a passenger train near Memphis, 1963
the Cairo Metro is a standard gauge system of at present 3 lines totaling 78 km
Egyptian Air Force 1987 Beechcraft 1900C

Friday, July 21, 2017

BOAC poster, 1956

British Overseas Airways Corporation.  This was the announcement of a fleet of 10 DC-7C's to replace the DH Comets.  They in turn were soon replaced by the Boeing 707.

Bumble Bee with refrigerated boxcars, 1967

At the Ngauranga Freezing Works, (a.k.a. abatoir, meatworks, slaughterhouse) which disappeared in the 1970s, and the only clue now to its existence is the former rail tunnel under the motorway to the main railway line which can be seen in the Google Streetview.

This establishment was noted for the red-stained water in the harbour where the waste was discharged -- which wouldn't be popular with today's environmental consciousness.

For more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories. (Russ Bidgood pic)