Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prague bus and trams, late 1950s

'trackless trams' Singapore Straits, 1920s

From a steroscope slide published in the US.  Singapore Straits presumably means the south of Singapore island.

Soviet MTB-82d trolley bus model

An O scale model available commercially.

ships in Wellington Harbour, 1960s

And those who have the book New Zealand Maritime Images: the golden years will know what they are.

1968 Plymouth Fury adverts

1973 Ford Mustang

Eva says she liked the color.

buzzin' in Bombay - Plymouth advert, December 1944

Showing a 1932 Plymouth.

"Thirteen years is a long life for any car"... evidently not in India and not in NZ either in the half century following WW2: with all the taxes that the government piled onto new cars, people wanted to get maximum use out of them and with most for the first 30 years of that being British it created plenty of business for auto repairers.

Baltimore and Ohio WW2 'Mountain'

The term given to a 4-8-2 type; here the first of 40 class T-3 built in the Mt. Clare Shops in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1942 to 1948.  Despite this one's easy to remember road number of 5555, seen in Pittsburgh in 1953, it was scrapped like all the B&O's mountains. More info here

'I want to read this book without putting it down'

Nord autorail on the Paris-Lille route poster, 1937

A poster from the year before nationalisation featuring a Train Automoteur Rapide T.A.R. XF1100. Influenced by the Deutsche Reichsbahn "Flying Hamburger" multiple units, the Nord decided to order from the Société Franco-Belge the first diesel-electric TAR in 1933. Unlike the German articulated sets, Nord opted for the formula of two powered cars on either end of an unpowered trailer.

The first example of diesel-electric traction in France, the two TAR 34 sets were equipped with Maybach engines of 410 hp; the nine TAR 36 that followed had engines of 430 hp . This second sub-series was equipped with Jeumont transmission instead of the Siemens of the TAR 34. The maximum allowed speed was the French 140 km/h against 160 km/h of their counterparts Germans.

The operations focused on the Paris-Lille-Tourcoing, Paris-Brussels and Paris-Liège routes.

During the war, many trains were requisitioned by the Wehrmacht. Upon liberation, the SNCF could not find all the expropriated TARs and those it did were often irreparable. The survivors continued to circulate until 1957 (TAR 34) and 1959 (TAR 36) when they passed the baton to the BB 16000 for domestic routes and new German VT 08 and VT 11.5 sets, but also French RGP 1 TEE sets. No TAR was preserved.