Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
|John Westwood, The World Steam Train Album, Bison Group 1993|
The five Hudsons built for the Canadian National's Toronto-Montreal service were reputedly the fastest locomotives in Canada, and one of them gained this country's speed record for steam traction. They had 80in driving wheels.
A former manager of mine grew up near Brighton and had stories of the steam locomotives passing through and stopping at the station. At that point, the CNR and CPR run parallel and close together. He mentioned the speed contests the engineers of both railways indulged in, leaving at the same time and in the same direction. Apparently the CNR always won. If the locomotives were in fact these ones, its no wonder!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Big chin. The Typhoon is another one of my favorite WW2 planes that I never thought I would ever see in person.
There is only one complete one in the world, owned by The Royal Air Force Museum and it currently on display at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.
Apologies for the poor photos, the plane is not well lit and in the shadow of the Lancaster. Go see it yourself!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Monarch Manufacturing is still in business making hydraulic cylinder and iron castings, the mixer business was sold to Crown Construction Equipment in 1993.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
|John Westwood, The World Steam Train Album, Bison Group 1993|
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
|Mechanix Illustrated Oct 1962|
|Popular Mechanics July 1943|
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Ellsion Hawks, British Seaplanes Triumph in the Schneider Trophy Contests, Real Photographs 1945|
|Gianni Marin, The Motor Car, London House and Maxwell 1963|
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
|Gordon Bain, De Havilland, A Pictorial Tribute, Airlife Publishing, 1992|
One of the bush pilots struggling to make a living in Canada after the war was a young man named Maxwell Ward. Max grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and joined the RCAF, learning to fly in 1941. On discharge from the Air Force he made plans to start operating in the Yellowknife area — he was only lacking an aeroplane.
In August 1946 Max arrived at Downsview, Toronto, with the intention of buying a Fox Moth. Although he did not have enough capital to buy the aircraft outright a deal was struck and the Polaris Charter Company began operating with DH83C CF-DJC. From that lowly beginning the charter airline Wardair was built. Wardair operated until 1989 when it became part of Canadian Airways. Canadian in turn was acquired by Air Canada in 2000.
That original Fox Moth is now no more and its registration was then worn by one of Wardair's Boeing 747s. That plane was scrapped sometime after 1996, then owned by Saudi Air.
Max, remembering his beginnings, wanted to have another Fox Moth to be painted exactly as his first. In January 1973 he bought DH83C CF-DJB c/n FM28 from its owner Jack Edwards of Kenora, Ontario and it was painted to represent CF-DJC. At this time, though, it was not fully representative of 'DJC as the Canadian authorities demanded it have the new style registration of C-FDJB. It just did not look right.
On 5 September 1976 the aircraft stalled into Lake Ontario and suffered considerable damage. A rebuild was possible but a new fuselage had to be made. On completion the Canadian authorities relented and allowed the 'proper' marks to be carried. Kept at Toronto International Airport the aircraft flew only rarely to go to Watt Martin's strip at Milton for its annual maintenance and for a few weeks to appear in a film for which it was fitted with floats.
On 15 May 1989 CF-DJB was flown to Ottawa to be placed into the Canadian Transport Museum.
From De Havilland, A Pictorial Tribute, by Gordon Bain, Airlife Publishing, 1992
As it looks today.
When I was a kid I owned an example of this advanced engineering. Good power but the carb stuck out the right side- way out- and was covered by an aluminum eggshell case. A crash on the right side broke the case- $45, the engine inhaled sand, gravel and whatever else was on the ground so that broke the rotary disc- $15, a piston- $15 and rings- $15. Compare that to a Honda 90 piston $4.80, rings $2.40 at the time.
I repaired it two or three times and gave up. When a kid was getting a few dollars a week for allowance, it was just not possible.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Locomotive No. 3, of the Toronto, Simcoe and Huron Railway was considered to be one of the most beautiful high speed passenger engines of its time when it was delivered in 1853. Built by Brandt of New Jersey, the drivers were 6 feet diameter, boiler lagging was silver, the domes brass. The cab was polished wood. Sadly, the engine was completely unsuited for the cheap and quickly constructed railway. The rough and badly ballasted track prevented the locomotive from being used as it was intended but the Josephine became the mascot of the railway. It was almost as famous as its engineer, Cyrus Huckett about whom this popular song was written:
DANDY CY OF THE JOSEPHINE
I dressed myself from top to toe,
And out from Toronto I did go;
My hair all combed so slick and fine
I looked as prim as the Josephine.
My superintendent told me, oh!
I'se the best looking driver in the country, oh!
I looked in the glass and found it so,
Just as Brunel had told me, oh!
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Above, a "Spherco Massage" device that I picked up somewhere. I re-purposed it initially as a small parts cleaner. Clamping the massager to a retort stand (and clamping the stand to a workbench--the thing vibrates!), I zip tied a plastic jar to the massager. Add a little cleaning solvent, drop the part it, and set it to vibrate (it's controlled by a rheostat, so you can adjust the intensity). Works nicely. I've since discovered that it is also effective with spray paint cans. Simply put the spray can upside down into the larger plastic jar (emptied of solvent, of course) and set it to vibrate for 15 minutes or so. The paint gets well-mixed.
The company itself goes back to at least 1960, when the "Spherco" trademark was first registered. In 1964 the company had an exhibit at the New York World's Fair. It seems that it distributed through franchisees. In 1974, you could become a dealer for $200. I don't think the company is still around anymore.