Showing posts from July, 2015

Hawker Siddeley Canada Tempo Cars

In the late 1960s, the Canadian National Railway bought some new passenger cars for intercity services between Toronto and Windsor/Sarnia. These cars were called Tempo cars. Unlike most other passenger cars in North America (especially from the time) that were inadvertently somehow a Budd or Pullman of some sort, the Tempo cars had aluminium body shells and were built by the Canadian division of British builder Hawker Siddeley in Thunder Bay, ON.

"Ski Train Tempo cars (2851886846)" by vxla from Chicago, US - HPIM7117. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

"D&RGW Ski Train 01" by NateBeal - Ski Train. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

"CN Tempo service to Windsor" by Robert Taylor from Stirling, Canada - CN Tempo service to Windsor Uploaded by Skeezix1000. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Tempo cars were one of the earlier examples of passenger cars with inboard bearings with outboard disc brakes (GO transit…

Pesa Gama

We are going Polish this week again, since we have so little exposure on that part of the world regarding their railroad equipment (I mean honestly, until I started looking for things to fill this blog with, I didn't even know they made locomotives and trainsets).

So the feature this week comes from the same manufacture that has been gaining some more attention in recent time. This locomotive has also been on display at the InnoTrans in Berlin, it's called the Gama from Polish builder Pesa.
According to the Polish Wikipedia page of this locomotive (thank goodness for Google Translate), the Gama has quite a few variants, which makes me think that this locomotive is still work in progress. Nonetheless, it's interesting to see different manufactures coming up with their own designs.
In the most part, the Gama is a pretty standard product you'd get from builders today. I'll leave it up to you to have a look at the locomotive's official site on their marketing blurb…

More of a show and tell this time

I missed a week and I'm late for this week... I would've been fired if I was writing for somebody else... Anyway. I was traveling a little, in a big metropolis, but believe or not, I didn't have reliable internet access because of a few hiccups here and there. Anyway. There is some big changes coming up in my life, and I think I might do a few things differently here. So yeah, this week's blog has pretty much pictures and a few words descriptions only.

What I think a so very fascinating page on Wikipedia

So at this very moment that I'm getting ready to update my blog for this coming week, I am fascinated by this Wikipedia page on the list of InterCity Express services offered by the Deustche Bahn. I know this probably makes me a total weirdo and nerd, but I just think the numbered lines are so neat.

"ICE-International 1826 Bahnsteiganzeige" by Lüko Willms - eigene Aufnahme (german for: I took the picture myself). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

"Db-401064-01" by K. Jähne - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 de via Wikimedia Commons.

It amazes me how many places one can go from Frankfurt by train (if you take a moment to look at the actual routes, wow), and in the very near future, there is supposed to be a direct service from Frankfurt to London St Pancras International.

"Db-403xxx-09" by K. Jähne - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Yes, many of the romantic and nostalgic long-distance services have been…