Saturday, July 2, 2016

'I'm not interested in useless Twitter messages, I want to read books'

London bus teapot

A bit silly but kinda cute.

Austrian 1141 class electric locomotive art

As featured on the back cover of the 1961 Märklin catalog.  A total 30 of this Bo-Bo type were built between 1955 and 1958.  Output was 2,840 kW (3,800 hp) at the one hour rating, service weight 83 tonnes and top speed 110 km/h (68 mph). Final withdrawal was in 2003.

This shows an example in the original tannengrün (pine green) livery, later replaced with the blutorange (blood orange) livery.

Portland Union Station, Oregon

The station in 1913.

The station now.  Rhododendrons are almost iconic of Portland gardens. (Geoff Churchman pic)

This was built by Northern Pacific Terminal Company and was opened on 14 February 1896. The signature piece of the structure is the 150 ft (46 metre) tall Romanesque Revival clock tower. The neon signs were added to it in 1948 and read "Go by Train" on the northeast and southwest sides and "Union Station" on the northwest and southeast sides.

Southern Pacific U25B

Seen in Houston, Texas, in 1972. "The GE U25B was General Electric's first independent entry into the United States domestic Diesel-electric locomotive railroad market for heavy production road locomotives since 1936. From 1940 through 1953, GE participated in a design, production, and marketing consortium (Alco-GE) for diesel-electric locomotives with the American Locomotive Company. Starting in 1956 GE launched its Universal Series of diesel locomotives for the export market. The U25B was the first attempt at the domestic market since its termination of the consortium agreement with Alco."

A total 478 of this Bo-Bo type with a GE FDL-16 prime mover rated at 2,500 hp were built between April 1959 and February 1966 of which 68 went to SP.


Downtown L.A. traffic is getting worse — and to some, that's good news

After decades of relative quiet, downtown is teeming with commercial and residential life. The growth, coupled with a strong economy and a surge in construction, has sparked what residents and commuters say is some of the worst traffic they can remember.

Numerous high-rise towers are now under construction, including one that will be the West Coast’s tallest, as is another subway project that will snake between Union Station and the west side of downtown. Add that to regular construction and filming, and traffic really starts to back up.