Sunday, February 18, 2018

'I like reading books, not iPhones'

Salvador Dali poster for the SNCF Roussillon region, 1969

See the post on La Gare de Perpignan.

electrically hauled phosphate train, Morocco

On the line Casablanca to Khourigba. The loco looks like a E700 series which was an export version of the SNCF BB 8100, of which 14 were built in France by Alsthom in 1951 with a power output of 1,220 kW and a top speed of 110 km/h.

Austrian crocodile

The ÖBB class 1020 was the local designation of the German E94 class, a Co-Co type. After WW2, 44 of them were on Austrian territory and in 1952-1954 the ÖBB created a further 3 from parts for unfinished examples.

From 1967 to 1980, except for the latter 3, they were modernized and received, among other things, two rubber-fixed front windows (originally there were three narrow ones), permanent headlamp tail lamps on the end-bodies and jet fan grilles in them.

From 1970 they were also repainted in orange instead of fir green. In 1995, the last locomotives of this series were retired.

This one has a class 1110 behind it.

Friday, February 16, 2018

SNCF winter safety poster, 1985

"Snow, black ice, deep cold -- redouble vigilance"

'Wagons de chemin de fer à Arles', by Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Being nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Film, we went to see Loving Vincent, which is a fully hand-painted look at the end of his life, using his art styles and based on several of his actual paintings, including this one.  Worth seeing for the original approach.