Sunday, July 23, 2017

Warsaw tram stop, 1960s

Polish train, bus and ferry timetable cover, Summer 1948

'I like reading books, do you?'

Polish railway day FDC, 9 September 1954

Deutsche Post punt

1929 Willys Whippet

1928 Essex Super 6

the largest Military Base in the Middle East opens in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [has] inaugurated a military base in Egypt that is reportedly the largest in the Middle East.

A number of top Arab government officials, such as Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, attended the inauguration.

The Mohamed Naguib Military Base, located west of Alexandria in Al-Hamam area, was built on a military city that was first constructed in 1993.

According to the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson, the military base consists of more than 1,100 new or recently renovated buildings. The spokesperson added that the new base would be used for joint military exercises with other countries.

23 July - Egypt's National Day

So, some Egyptian scenes
boats in the Nile, circa 1900
a MISR Airwork poster post-WW2
a Beech D-18-S -- info here

a passenger train near Memphis, 1963
the Cairo Metro is a standard gauge system of at present 3 lines totaling 78 km
Egyptian Air Force 1987 Beechcraft 1900C

Friday, July 21, 2017

BOAC poster, 1956

British Overseas Airways Corporation.  This was the announcement of a fleet of 10 DC-7C's to replace the DH Comets.  They in turn were soon replaced by the Boeing 707.

Bumble Bee with refrigerated boxcars, 1967

At the Ngauranga Freezing Works, (a.k.a. abatoir, meatworks, slaughterhouse) which disappeared in the 1970s, and the only clue now to its existence is the former rail tunnel under the motorway to the main railway line which can be seen in the Google Streetview.

This establishment was noted for the red-stained water in the harbour where the waste was discharged -- which wouldn't be popular with today's environmental consciousness.

For more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories. (Russ Bidgood pic)

Monday, July 17, 2017

1990 Cessna Riley Skyrocket P337 aircraft

Named for noted aircraft engineer Jack Riley. The Rocket was a conversion of the Cessna 310 by fitting two 290 hp (216 kW) Lycoming IO-540-A1A5 engines and more fuel capacity.

1957 Morris Minor 1000 art

Obviously a brochure for France. For lots more, see the book The New Zealand Morris Minor Story

1952 Toyota truck cab

1934 Nash Big 6

Swedish railbus lash-up

The Y6 class, most of them built in the 1950s, info here.

No details available about the pic, and it may not necessarily have been a train comprised of all them.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

'I like to get away and relax with a book, not a smartphone'

'Busy Day at Yeovil, Southern Railway' art

By Robin Pinnock, available as a blank greeting card.

"Oliver Bulleid had moved to the Southern Railway from the LNER and instantly transformed the railway with modifications to existing designs and the production of three classes which have since gone on to gain significant fame. The Q1 was an ungainly looking but extremely powerful 0-6-0 freight engine, while the Merchant Navy 4-6-2 and their smaller brethren, the West Country / Battle of Britain class have gone on to become some of the best performers in preservation. Here we see West Country, 34015 Yeovil.

"Behind are two stalwarts of branch lines on the GWR and Southern Railway and later still BR. These are the M7 0-4-4 and 57xx 0-6-0 pannier tank."

South Wales docks promo poster, 1950s(?)

Sydney suburban train timetable cover, 1973

During the PTC era; see the book Railway Electrification in Australia and New Zealand for lots more.