Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CIDNA 'Flèche d'Orient' poster 1930

The Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne was a French-Romanian airline that began operating in 1920. Its "Orient Arrow" service connected Paris with Istanbul, with stops in Eastern Europe along the way, offering same-day service for passengers, freight and post. CIDNA ceased to exist when it merged in 1933 with other French airlines to form Air France.

Alco-built 'Pacific' from 1910

Cunard line poster featuring the 'Campania' or 'Lucania'

These were launched in 1892 and 1893, respectively and were the pride of the Cunard fleet until 1907 when they were superseded by the Lusitania and the Mauritania.


Baldwin-built 0-6-0 switcher of the UP

Built April 1918, retired in 1957, now preserved as at static exhibit at the Travel Town museum in Los Angeles.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

vessels in Yalta, Crimea, circa 1910

Part of Russia at the time, for about 60 years part of Ukraine and recently part of Russia again.

This place was the venue for the Yalta Conference of February 1945 in which President FDR and Winston Churchill agreed to carve up Germany and Austria into occupation zones and to let Stalin redraw the maps of Eastern Europe after WW2.

Muslim terrorist bombs kill at least 276 in Mogadishu, Somalia

It's a country that's long been characterized by violence, terrorism and piracy, and usually the attacks get little media coverage for that reason, but the size of this one was enough to be an exception.  The believed perpetrators of this impressive attack are Al-Shabab, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.

recent media on the Patagonian Express

Some will have seen the Chris Tarrant episode of his Extreme Railway Journeys series on this well-known adventure train at the bottom of Argentina, and if you haven't it's worth viewing like the other episodes -- details

A book which appeared about the same time at the end of last year was this one, a mystery story set on it (presumably, none of us have yet read it).

See also the earlier post.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

'Trans-Australian' train promo, circa 1975

The reference to Australian National Railways and the graphic showing the previous Commonwealth Railways locomotive livery style dates this to 1975 or shortly after. The train was extended to Adelaide in 1982 when the line from Port Pirie to there was standard gauged.  The train ceased in 1991.

'tractor' between Rose Grove and Padiham Power Station, England, 1967

'Tractor' was the nickname for the 37 Class English Electric-built Co-Co's as apparently they sounded like the ones on farms.  This branch, part of the former North Lancashire Loop, lasted until 1993.  Info

ship in Brindisi harbour, Italy, circa 1900