Friday, October 28, 2016

a runaway tram in Sydney Harbour, 1952

On the morning of 20 July 1952, the wheels of a Mosman tram locked. Despite the best efforts of the driver, the tram skidded more than 1.5 km downhill – at an estimated speed of over 70 km/h – until it crashed through the blocks at the end of the rails, tore up almost 10 metres of road, and shot off the embankment, hurtling 18 metres through the air, onto rocks, and then into the harbour. The driver and conductor both suffered head injuries when they abandoned the tram during its descent. The two passengers left on board were also injured.


This presumably is where the tram crashed at the end of Athol Wharf Road:

Wellington City diesel bus stops in Lambton Quay, 1978

For details and lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

Qantas begins Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services

An exploration presentation is here

1956 Seddon Mark 6 half-cab bus

As used by North Shore Transport in Auckland.  For more, see earlier posts and our books.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

West German class ET56 (456)

One of the seven Bo-2+2-2+2-Bo type three-car electric railcar sets from 1952 seen at Osterburken in 1984. These were 80 metres long over buffers and had a service weight of 116 tonnes. Power output was 1020 kW (1378 hp) at the one hour rating, top speed was 90 km/h (after 1970 increased to 110 km/h) and sitting places totaled 262. All were withdrawn by 1986 and none were preserved.

'I wish I had a transpress nz book'

the 'Devon' on the rocks at Pencarrow, Wellington Harbour entrance, August 1913

Article with info

Christchurch tram in winter snow, 1918

There is an ad mentioning Douglas Fairbanks on the left front but the movie title isn't visible.