Friday, May 31, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
In the mid 1930s the New Haven Railway was looking for a more efficient alternative to a steam locomotive-powered train and the streamliners by Budd, as used by Burlington and Maine Central were considered. The Besler steam train (similar in styling to the Budd but using a high pressure steam generator instead of diesel engines) was another option that was rejected. The Goodyear Zeppelin company of Akron, Ohio came up with a 160 passenger double-ended diesel-electric 3 car articulated unit. The train was introduced with great fanfare in 1935 but suffered from developmental bugs and due to the fact it could not be expanded to handle peak traffic periods never achieved its potential. It was scrapped in 1951.
This colour image shows a different paint scheme but the train featured a natural aluminum finish highlighted with a dark blue band at wheel level with a light blue band around the windows. The image below shows the scale of the train.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Here's an interesting promotional yardstick from New York Air Brake company. Just a standard 36 inch ruler with an unusual square section, but more unusually, it tapers from 3/4 inch at one end to 1/2" at the other. Whether there is a reason for this or its just a gimmick I do not know but a quick Google search does find others like it with different company names.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
Launched in April of 1913 at Clydebank, Scotland, the Cunard Lines Aquitania was the longest lasting four funnel liner in service, scrapped in 1950. The ship served mostly on the Southampton- New York or Halifax routes, worked as a troop carrier in both world wars and ended her career carrying immigrants to Canada.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
In the early thirties the luxury and sports cars Bugatti made weren't selling due to the depression. Ettore Bugatti turned his attentions to a light railcar concept powered by a development of the Type 41 Royale engine used in multiples- either 2 or 4 engines depending in the model. The prototype was first operated in 1933 and soon led to more units put into service. Although they worked well, they were not economical to run and the last car was retired in 1958.
This publicity leaflet for Ettore Bugatti's Light Railway Car was shown at the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris.
Below is a view of the railcar factory floor.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
This older lathe was for sale at a local swapmeet a few weeks ago. The seller was convinced the maker was WM. M with plants in Preston and Galt (now combined into the city of Cambridge, Ontario) as is cast into the headstock. Searching a bit online I can find the Preston Woodworking company, and a Preston Machinery ad- selling an 18" lathe by Stevens, JJ Stevens was another maker of machine tools based in Galt, in business from about 1910 till at least the end of WW2. Info from Vintagemachinery.org. I can find nothing on an company named WM.M. or alternately, WM.M. Preston.