Friday, 28 June 2013

The Steam Era of Belgium

The postcard pays tribute to the Steam Locomotives and those wonderful men who fired and drove these engines during the steam era in Belgium.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Trams in the City of Volendam (1906 – 1956), Netherlands.

This is a vintage view of Trams in the city of Volendam in Netherlands. Trams were in use  from 1906 - 1956.

JR Kyushu - Series 800 Shinkansen, Japan.

The 800 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by JR Kyushu on the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line. Built by Hitachi, the trains were introduced on the Tsubame services from March 2004. The 800 series has a maximum speed of 260 km/h (160 mph) in service, although its maximum design speed is 285 km/h (177 mph). The livery is white, with a red stripe.

Following the opening of the entire Kyushu Shinkansen route on 12 March 2011, 800 series trains were primarily used on all-stations Tsubame services operating mostly between Hakata and Kumamoto. They also operate some Sakura services within the Kyushu Shinkansen.

Rail Bridge over the River Shuya in Russia.

This is a scenery from 1916 of  the Rail Bridge over the Shuya River in Russia.

Giessen Railway Station, Germany.

Giessen Railway Station is the main railway station in Hesse, Germany. The station is a Category 2 station is used by 20,000 passengers daily. The station was opened on 25th  August 1850 and is located on the Main –Weser Railway (Kassel – Frankfurt (Main)) and Dill Railway (Siegen – Gießen). The current station reception building was built between 1904 and 1911. The main original station building is a historic landmark and is listed under the Hessian Monument Protection Act

The "Flying Scotsman" Locomotive # 4472, United Kingdom.

The Flying Scotsman is an express passenger train service that has been running between London and Edinburgh since 1862.  The East Coast Main Line over which the Flying Scotsman runs was built in the 19th century by many small railway companies, but mergers and acquisitions led to only three companies controlling the route. In 1860 the three companies established the East Coast Joint Stock for through services using common vehicles, and it is from this agreement that the Flying Scotsman came about.

The LNER Class A3 Pacific Steam Locomotive No 4472 Flying Scotsman (originally No. 1472) was built in 1923 for theLondon and North Eastern Railway (LNER).  It was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the 10am London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman Train service after which it was named.

EMD GP9 # 301 Locomotive, U. S. A.

EMD GP9  locomotives built by General Motors Electro Motive in the United States, and General Motors Diesel in Canada between January, 1954, and August, 1963. US production ended in December, 1959, while an additional thirteen units were built in Canada, including the last two in August, 1963.  Locomotive No 1919 was built in 1957 for Northern Pacific Railroad. This loco became Burlington Northern # 1919 and subsequently # 301 which now works in the Port of Tacoma.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Diesel Locomotive P 2017 - City of Geraldton, Australia

The WAGR P class also known as the ARG / QR National P/2500 class, is a class of narrow gauge diesel-electric locomotives built between 1989  to 1991 for the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR or Westrail). P 2017 is named City of Geraldton. It is used to haul Iron Ore Trains in Western Australia.