Friday, February 05, 2016

Crewe Station photography of Ben Brooksbank

a quick look through the Hall Of Flame fire fighting museum in Phoenix

if you want to know more about any of theses, they are described at

the most important date in a decade has been set for steam enthusiasts - the return of Flying Scotsman on February 25

The famous locomotive is returning to its home in York after a £4.2 million, 10 year long refit.

Tickets for the inaugural run will set passengers back around £450, which includes a champagne breakfast on the way to York and three-course meal on the diesel-hauled return.

the 22222th post!

the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction, 1922 Brough Superior SS80 known as “Old Bill”

the most desirable motorcycle raced by George Brough himself, and has been featured in every book ever written about the outstanding Brough marque, ‘Old Bill’ is known to be one of the most exclusive bikes ever produced from the house of Brough. Produced in 1922, especially for Brough founder George Brough

I'm just gonna do a Kermit on this one, sip my tea and say its none of my business

wicker carriage between kyakhta and Khuree, by Stephen Pasay 1913

when high centered and stuck for a while, it's not bad to have a trailer full of beer

Good News! Undercover Boss (tv show) features 4 Wheel Parts president tonight!

“Undercover Boss”  is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reality show in its seventh season on CBS. The premise of this reality show is to anonymously follow high-level executives who attempt to slip into their own organization “undercover.” to learn how the employees are doing, and how well the company is working, and what the management is completely oblivious to.

The show’s makeup artists had their work cut out for them to successfully pull this off. Greg was transformed from a seemingly fit man with a full head of hair and beard, to a slightly overweight balding gentleman sporting mutton chops and thick rimmed eye glasses.

4 Wheel Parts is the global leader in off-road truck, Jeep, and SUV aftermarket performance products. 4 Wheel Parts follows a unique business model as it functions both as a direct retailer for consumers and a distributor to smaller shops or repair facilities. Greg Adler is the President of 4 Wheel Parts, but also races professionally in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

This episode of Undercover Boss premieres tonight, Friday February 5, 2016 at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

Auction of a 50 yr collection of Model A & T parts on April 9th in NJ... here are only a dozen photos, of just the most interesting stuff, there are dozens of vehicles, thousands of parts

Model A brass sparkplugs going to sale at an auction of a 50 year hoard/collection

unusual, but Ardun heads with a supercharger

Scott's Transport, in Australia. So criminally bad, they are nearly as famous as Swift. Maybe worse.

2nd time in one week, same Scotts Transport trucking

This B-double caused traffic chaos on a Sydney motorway today because the overseas’ driver did not know how to reverse the giant truck. Only been licensed to drive for 10 months

Scotts of Mount Gambier hired two drivers in the country on controversial 457 Visas, but they didn’t know how to reverse the truck.

Australian bosses use the visa to sponsor SKILLED overseas workers to temporarily plug gaps when skill shortages hit a particular industry.

Obviously, this is bullshit, and Scotts transport isn't hiring SKILLED drivers, nor training them, they are hiring guys with ZERO ability from India, for half the going wages that Australian citizens demand to do the same job.

Motorists suffered delays of more than an hour after the truck abruptly pulled up on the city-bound lanes of the M5 East because the driver feared the vehicle was too high to enter the Airport Tunnel.

In May 2014, Scotts of Mount Gambier was fined a total of $1.2 million after pleading guilty to 165 speeding offences in NSW. That was reduced on appeal to $85,000.

The fines were also imposed on Manager Peter Anderson and Director of the Scott Group of Companies, Ray Scott, the son of late trucking magnate Allan Scott.

The fines are the biggest imposed in NSW since chain of responsibility laws were introduced in 2005.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay voiced concern on alleged breaches related to Scott’s Transport of Mt Gambier and sought to differentiate it from Scott’s Refrigerated Transport of Sydney.

He says the government is determined to catch rogue drivers and transport operators following the recent incident of a speeding B-double of Scott’s Transport from Mt Gambier. "In the last 48 hours police and RMS have joined forces with their interstate colleagues in Victoria and South Australia to locate and inspect 31 trucks belonging to the Scotts Group – a company not associated with Scott’s Refrigerated Transport whose head office is based in Sydney. "

Disturbingly, the Scotts investigation has resulted in six speed limiter breaches, 25 defect notices being issued, 15 fatigue-related violations, one overload offence, three vehicles being grounded and one driver detected allegedly driving under the influence of drugs," he adds. "Furthermore, last week the truck driver involved in the horrific Menangle crash was charged with three counts of dangerous driving occasioning death. "

A working holiday visa (this is only granted to those under the age of 30) will enable you to work for up to six months for an employer, before having the opportunity to apply for a 457 visa. The 457 visa is effectively a four year working visa which can ultimately lead to permanent residence status, and thereafter citizenship.

The Transport Workers Union argue that the occupation of Truck Drivers not be added to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List by reason of concerns that:
 the use of 457 visas will increase the danger risk in the industry;
 the industry already suffers from significant underemployment;
 potential exploitation of 457 holders;
 and underpayment of ‘market salary rate’.

How the Subclass 457 Visa Operates
The first step for any business that wishes to sponsor an overseas worker is to apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS). To be approved, the business must demonstrate that it is lawfully operating a business in Australia and that there is no relevant adverse information known about the business or its senior managers (including prior non-compliance with Australia’s immigration law). Importantly, approved SBS’ agree to be subject to a number of sponsorship obligations, including an obligation to dedicate a percentage of payroll to training Australian citizen or permanent residents in skills relevant to their current occupations.

The second step is for the approved business to nominate a vacant position in its business to be filled by a worker on a subclass 457 visa. For a nomination to be approved by the DIBP, the approved business needs to undertake that it will pay the prospective employee at the ‘market salary rate’, that is, the remuneration paid to Australian citizens working in the same position. The approved business might also be required to demonstrate that it has undertaken ‘labour market testing’ (i.e. demonstrating that it hasn’t been able to fill the position using local labour).

Importantly to the debate, an approved business can only nominate a position in its business, if that position is an occupation listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). The CSOL is a list of approved occupations compiled by the DIBP. The occupation of “Truck Driver (General)” is not currently listed on the CSOL. Accordingly, businesses cannot currently sponsor overseas workers on a subclass 457 visa to drive heavy vehicles.

The final step is for the prospective employee to apply to fill the position nominated by the approved business. In doing so, they need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate skills and experience to perform the position, have a satisfactory level of English, hold private health insurance, and are of good health and character.

another of many enormous sized cranes crashes, smashes, and kills in New York City... how is the city govt, OSHA, and safety regulators, as well as union safety inspectors, not catching onto the obvious? There is a big problem with NY cranes

This time in lower Manhatten, near Worth and Church streets in Tribeca shortly before 8:30 a.m., fire officials said.

It is about a football field long

The crane is marked with a logo for Bay Crane, the company involved in a collapse in Midtown last year that injured 10 people. The company’s crane had been hoisting an air conditioner.

The 75-year-old Long Island City-based company describes itself on its website as “New York’s leader in crane rental and specialized transportation solutions.”

Photo from Kevin V Smith, Twitter

WW2 glider picked up in tow... cool little video!

the words written with chalk on the nose of the glider are "The Last Honey Bucket"

While the wings were wood framed, the fuselage was made of welded steel tubing and both the wings and fuselage were fabric-covered. "Strong but light-weight honeycombed plywood made up the load-bearing floor, which could carry 4,060 lbs."

The CG-4A flight testing began in May 1942, and eventually just over 13,900 were built. Besides Waco, sixteen other companies were contracted to manufacture the gliders including Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation of Kansas City, Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis, Cessna Aircraft Company of Wichita, and the Ford Motor Company in Kingsford, Michigan (Ford built the most while tiny WACO themselves came in second). One sub-contractor for parts was the Steinway piano company.

The CG-4A was made up of over 70,000 parts and had an empty weight of 620 lbs., was 48 feet long with an 83.6 foot wingspan. Once built each glider would be taken apart, packed into five huge crates apiece, then shipped to its destination where it required several days’ work to reassemble them.

Thanks Steve!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

1935 Airstream Torpedo, the oldest existing Airstream

It is a one family trailer for the last 80+ years and has been kept stored inside except when being used for trips.

Wally Byam founded the Airstream Trailer Company in the 1930's. He sold plans, kits and partially completed trailers. If you purchased a partially completed trailer, it was still just a shell.

 You had to install (or hire an electrician to install) the wiring and electrical fixtures necessary for safe and legal operation.

You had to install (or hire a plumber and gasman to install) the plumbing and plumbing fixtures or gas lines and fixtures necessary for safe and legal operation.

 You needed to choose springs, axles, hubs, brakes, wheels and tires, etc., to even begin to roll down the road. Other requirements included mattresses for the beds, a seamstress for curtains, and much, much more.

Dr. Holman read an ad in Popular Mechanics in 1935, promoting the Airstream 1935 Torpedo by Wally Byam. He wrote the company for literature and subsequently purchased a set of plans for five dollars.

 Imagine the Great Depression in the 1930's, in which a medical student wanted to travel and needed rest and relaxation from his profession and could not afford to meet his goals. It was decided that a travel trailer was the economical way to go. He and his wife, Thelma Mathews Herndon Holman, built the shell of the trailer in three weeks between medical school and internship. To complete the trailer required 2-1/2 years of work. Travel began in the middle of 1937.

Remember that this trailer was constructed in the 1930’s Great Depression, and new parts were not affordable. Junkyards were scoured for matching used parts. The original filler cap for the fresh water tank was the gas tank cap of an Essex automobile. The original running lights on the forward brow of the trailer are 1935 Harley-Davidson front fender running lights (note: white, not amber color). The original tail lamps were 1929 Ford Model A tail lamps.

Dr. Holman drove to the factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, to take possession of his 1960 Airstream. He stayed there for two days, removing the factory installed air pressured system and replacing it with his pressure-switch controlled marine bilge water pump system that he had designed.

The chief engineer of Airstream questioned the activity and Dr. Holman explained it to him. The next year, the Airstream Trailer Company subsequently produced that system.

 Dr. Holman regretted that he failed to patent a system that became an industry-wide standard that he made operable in 1938 when h decided he did not want to spend a considerable portion of his vacation working a hand pump for running water when instead, he could flip an electrical switch and have instant running water.