Monday, April 23, 2018

Kicking Horse Pass spiral tunnels view, Canada

This pass in the Canadian Rockies at the Alberta–British Columbia border and the Banff–Yoho national parks boundary is the highest point on the Canadian Pacific Railway, at an elevation of 5,338 feet [1,627 metres]. The approach from the east is by way of the Bow Valley; from the west end, two circular tunnels were cut into the valley sides (completed in 1911) to reduce the gradient of the railway. It was explored in 1858 by James Hector of Captain John Palliser’s expedition. Hector was kicked by his horse while crossing the pass—hence its name.

The Trans-Canada Highway came through the pass in the 1960s.The tunnel under Cathedral mountain is 3,255 feet [992 metres] long with a turn of 291 degrees, and the one under Mount Ogden turns through 217 degrees over 2,992 feet [912 metres]. The ruling grade is 2.2%. The tunnels were completed in August 1909, and replaced the route up the "Big Hill", which had a 4.5% grade. There is/was a lookout just off the Trans-Canada Highway from which you could observe both portals of the tunnel. Passengers can ride this route, at least in the summer, on Great Canadian Railtours' Rocky Mountaineer train from Calgary to Vancouver.

When the tunnels had been bored, they were off on one tunnel by 18 inches when the two ends connected, and 6 inches on the other. (via Britannica Online)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

South Australian narrow gauge T class locomotive

A 4-8-0 type for cape gauge (3 ft 6 inch) of which 78 were produced between 1903 and 1917.  This one was seen at Broken Hill in NSW.

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traffic in St. Vincent Street, Port Adelaide, Australia, circa 1917

As in many other places, trams disappeared decades ago but they seem set for a return here, according to this article.

1984 Leyland Titan bus

Seen in Paekakariki, NZ, ex-London Transport.  This was originally licensed to carry 70 passengers -- 44 downstairs and 26 upstairs -- but is now only licensed to carry 2 as it is being converted into an RV.
The Gardener diesel engine.

Friday, April 20, 2018

respected Independent reporter Robert Fisk says there was no chemical weapons attack in Syria

For UK Prime Minister Theresa May it's clearly an obsession on her part to "blame and punish the Russians at every opportunity, regardless of the truth".  The rebel-aligned "White Helmets" who made the claim are known to be a highly dubious bunch.

"Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.
"Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack."

Full article