Here is an interesting device. The images are of a very nicely made model about a foot long. By the quality and detail it could be a patent model or possibly a salesman's model?
Sunday, July 5, 2020
However, the ancient automotive radial tire on the baler was coming apart by the minute. Bets were taken but it is still functional at the end of day. It's a Goodrich Firehawk in a strange size I've never seen, 27x6.5x14.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
Here's the Spanish streetbike collection, the Ossa 175 Sport was bought in the early eighties when I despaired of ever finding a Metralla. This bike was the last of 12 he had imported in the sixties. I had fun riding it around for awhile, but it's been sitting and deteriorating for far too long.
The man who had owned and raced the Metralla suddenly passed away in 1975, it had been stored in a basement ever since but the widow wanted to do a Thelma and Louise-type trip in the American Southwest. She told me this bike was going to pay for it. We reached a deal by phone, I went to her house after she returned, we sat outside on the porch in the dark and told stories while we drank a bottle of wine. A good proper transaction. It mostly sits in my dining room but will fire up with a couple of kicks..
The Impala appeared a short time later at a swap meet in New York State. i figured I should give it a home with other Spanish bikes, and now I had 3 of a kind. It is just as it was when I bought it- neglected- and will probably be the project after the other Metralla projects are out of the basement.
Meanwhile, it's nice to pull them out and admire them occasionally...
Thursday, July 2, 2020
During the great pillage of forests in Ontario, trees were cut during winter and pulled by horses to the nearest stream or lake and then floated down to the mill during the spring runoff. Often streams were dammed to create a reservoir that contained enough water to do the job. Here in the Haliburton area, a substantial temporary dam made of squared timbers is used.
This oddball 4-4-2 Atlantic wheel arrangement locomotive was built by the Schenectady Locomotive works in 1889. Why the Santa Fe thought they needed a camelback locomotive is anyone's guess, the locomotive does not seem to have the wide firebox that warrants such a design, but at least the fireman got his own protective shelter.
Apparently it did not work out, and 3 years later it was rebuilt into a regular 4-4-0 and renumbered as 40. It was retired in 1925. No pictures that I can find of that configuration.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The Warplane Heritage Museum celebrated Canada's 153rd birthday by flying their Lancaster, (one of two in the world) around the Toronto-Hamilton area. Their Toronto flights usually involve flying directly over our house as they circle the CN tower. We haven't seen (and heard) this airplane yet this year and sure miss it flying overhead. Good to see it!
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
|Asa Briggs, The Power of Steam, University of Chicago Press, 1982|
In the prewar racing era, DKW tried nearly every possible idea to increase the power of the 2 stroke engine, employing various supercharging methods on their split singles including different arrangements of a large diameter pumping piston that increased the amount of charge into the intake. Below is a magnesium piston, the crankshaft and cylinder of the bike (#3 above) restored at the Barber Motorsports museum about 10 years ago. The postwar supercharger ban put a damper on 2 stroke development till the advent of the expansion chamber exhaust by MZ.
Four months after Lindbergh made the first solo transatlantic flight, Randolph Hearst sponsored another transatlantic flight attempt, this time nonstop to Rome with three people on board. It was decided that the flight should start at Old Orchard Beach Maine and with great publicity and fanfare the single engine Fokker F-VIIa took off on September 6, 1927. Several hundred miles off Newfoundland the pilot radioed that they were having difficulties and the airplane soon ditched in the Atlantic. Wreckage was found but the crew was never seen again. Story here.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
This is a 1971 sketch for the Electrohome Hemisphere '80 future concept, a look into the far-off future of home entertainment, with a spherical TV projection and speaker unit suspended from the ceiling, operated with a remote control and accessing a proposed Canadian communications satellite system. This concept was never realised.
This concept was the work of Gordon Duern, a Canadian designer and artist employed by the company and followed the introduction of his earlier Electrohome Apollo 860 stereo (shown below).
During the late seventies, the company struggled under the wave of Japanese electronic imports and got out of the consumer market in the eighties.
The Duke posted the history of the Dominion Electrohome company here.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Here's a lovely mmachine from a different time. It's a comprehensive teaching aid to demonstrate the four cycle engine by the Welch Scientific Company, which along with showing engine dynamics also featured provision to show the effects of adjusting ignition timing. Note the wooden pistons.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
I found this sad sight on a Polish site, Smartage.pl Text is translated from Polish.
In 2002, Nagareyama Onsen was opened in Nanae on the island of Hokkaido. Next to a small platform, however, was placed one of the older super-fast Japanese trains - 200 Series Shinkansen from the 80s.
However, the small station and the train standing by it fell into oblivion. The decaying train that was once the pride of the Japanese railway was retired in 2013 due to its very poor technical condition. Currently, only its remains remain at the station.
Before the train was removed, a Japanese photographer took this amazing photo of a destroyed and ragged super-fast train. The picture was taken on July 7, 2012.