Tuesday, October 21, 2014

the Gornergratbahn, Switzerland

The Gornergratbahn, opened in 1898 after 2 years of construction, is a 5.6-mile or 9.3 km metre-gauge mountain rack railway linking the resort village of Zermatt, situated a mile (1.6 km) above sea level, to the summit of the Gornergrat at an altitude of 10,134 ft (3.09 km) which makes the Gornergratbahn the second highest railway in Europe after the Jungfraubahn (also in Switzerland), and the highest open-air railway in Europe. It was the first electric rack railway to be built in Switzerland. Electrification is 725 Volts, 50 Hz, 3-phase AC.

At the end of the line the Matterhorn is visible on a clear day and features in most promotional photos.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Portishead High Street, England, 1960s

A Standard 8 and an Austin Cambridge.

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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI

In production between May 1950 and April 1953, the Frank Feeley-designed DB2 coupé was built after three prototypes had raced at Le Mans in 1949, two with true Aston Martin pushrod endings, and one with a 2.6-litre, six-cylinder twin overhead camshaft unit designed for Lagonda during the war. (NZ Classic Car magazine)

1959 Pontiac Catalina

Very nice.

British Government gets tough on Internet trolls

Internet trolls residing in the UK could face up to two years in jail under new laws, British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob". Mr Grayling was speaking days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as "crude and degrading". Independent article

Those who indulge in this have mental health issues and nearly all are physically harmless cowards.  Although they think they are anonymous, they are usually easy to trace. Even we haven't been exempt, although it has been very easy to deal with.  For those with vulnerable personalities, particularly teenagers, however, we can easily appreciate the distress it causes. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1938 Pontiac sedan

Hershey electric interurban, Cuba

This standard gauge single track railway is the only surviving electric line in Cuba and runs from the suburbs of Havana to the town of Matanzas, approximately 92 km (57 miles) to the east. There are a number of intermediate halts and a station and depot at the town of Camilo Cienfuegos, better known by its pre-1959 revolution name of Hershey. The railway was built by the Hershey Company of the US to transport sugar to the port of Havana. The original interurban cars were bought from the J. G. Brill Company, but these were replaced by Spanish cars from the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya in the 1990s.
Pic from this blog, which has over 200 Cuban railway pics

personal station porter cartoon, France, 1950s

We know the feeling, but the contents of our travel bags are books rather than clothes and accessories...

"And then with the money we save in not using a porter, I will buy a small love valise"

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 advert

1940 Riley