Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Norman Lightweights


Electric Lamp post design

A design for an electric lamp post, suitable for either arc or incandescent lights.
 J.A.I. Craig had returned from the 1878 Paris Exposition having seen an electric arc light system demonstrated by Russian engineer Pavel Yablochkov. He immediately put forward a proposal for the City of Montreal which included these lamp posts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Firestone motorcycle tires

And still popular today among the custom crowd, though better? 

Bennett buggy

A Bennett Buggy, named after the Prime Minister at the time, was the nickname for a car pulled by a team of horses and was a common sight during the Depression. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Another job you wouldn't want to do; servicing streetcar wires

Norman R. Ball, Mind, Heart and Soul Professional Engineering in Canada 1887-1987, National Museum of Science and Technology, 1987
In 1921 The Toronto Transit Commision took over the private Toronto Railway company and set about modernizing the system, Here a work crew rebuilds the intersection at Queen and Church Streets. By the passing streetcar I would guess the power is still on, Sure, the truck has rubber tires, but not a lot of workplace safety in evidence.

Mystery Monday, anonymous air tool

Thanks, Rolf...
Outside and inside views. I don't recognise the brand, Guesses? They all look the same!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lancaster project at the Air Force Museum

We visited the Air Force museum in Trenton, Ontario a couple of days ago to take a look at their Lancaster bomber project. The aircraft had been on display in Edmonston, New Brunswick for the last five decades before being disassembled and moved in 2017. It will join the Halifax bomber rescued from a Norwegian lake in 1995 and restored over a ten year period. 
 Unfortunately the Lancaster is in pieces in the restoration shop and back yard, hidden away from public viewing. Too bad, as I think this is pretty interesting!
The restoration is scheduled to be completed by 2024 and is apparently is ahead of schedule.  Can't wait to see the two big bombers on display side by side. Only place in the world!
Lots of space... just move that Halifax a little this way... it'll fit....


Wing sections and nacelles.

 The cockpit section is still outside, but well wrapped against the weather. Behind, the in-process Hudson restoration.

Plaque from the Edmonston site.

Know your magnetos, Dixie

Thanks, Rolf!