Thursday, March 15, 2018

NZR's E66 on the Rimutaka Incline, circa 1910

This was a one-off 2-6-6-0T built in 1906 as an experimental more powerful locomotive to operate on the Rimutaka Incline than the existing H class Fell engines.  It was more powerful than an H but used a lot more coal and was unpopular with crews.

In 1917 it was withdrawn from service and later scrapped.  More

A portrait of E66 taken by Percy Godber at the Petone workshops where it was built in 1906.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

old style tank car of Procor

On the side it states 80,000 lbs capacity and a light weight of 12,900 lbs.

Procor is a Canadian freight car leasing company founded in 1952 and based in Oakville, Ontario. Since 2002 it has not manufactured any freight cars, instead it sources from its parent Union Tank Car's plants in Alexandria, Louisiana and Sheldon, Texas.

Pennsylvania Railroad calendar art, 1941

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

narrow gauge copper ore mining steam train, Chile

The Societé des mines de Cuivre Naltagua (SMCN) was founded in 1908 by Count Bernard de Saint-Seine, with Count Lesnil, son-in-law of the Baron de Rothschild, and the wealthy banker Michel Renebey. Its headquarters were in Paris. "The promoters were capitalists and merchants who were not familiar with the mining activities, which explains the numerous errors that were incurred in the project and the construction of Naltagua."

The company bought the Naltagua hacienda and more than 120 mining properties that covered a strip about 1 kilometer wide and 7 kilometers long south of the El Monte railway station from Santiago to San Antonio, which at that time only reached Melipilla.

Monday, March 12, 2018