Wednesday, June 26, 2019

1939 New York Central Railroad Yard. Photo shows three 'Hudson' (4-6-4)-type locomotives, streamlined for the 'Twentieth Century Limited' service

sheer coincidence I came across this today, by looking at TYWKIWDBI, which posted the flood in Switzerland image, from the Atlantic best photos of the week page, where there was a sidebar of "Weird Wonderful Historic" photos

Yeah, like I said, coincidence

John Otterman and his horse on retirement day, Otterman had been driving a cab in New York City for the previous forty years and at 72 years of age, with his 25-year-old horse, were photographed at the end of their last run.

Elevated trains roll above busy streets in Manhattan's Bowery neighborhood, circa 1895.

June 12th flash flood rescue in Spluegen, Switzerland

how they came to be in the river, how their van was able to not get washed away further, and how in the hell a crane happened to be at the right place at the right time for a rescue? No answers at the source

here is a flash flood from 2016... to get an idea of how little warning you might have ... of the school bus size boulders that head the water

and it seems it might be an annual event,

Compliments and congrats to Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz, who won the Giro d'Italia. It's the first time in the 102 events of the Giro that an Ecuadorian won, and only the second time for a South American, and caused taxes on bicycle imports to be removed!

Richard Carapaz became Ecuador’s first grand tour champion by winning the Giro d’Italia. (in the following video, he wears dark blue shirt dark blue helmet, and is in 4th place at the start of the video, and the video is done in 2 minutes, and yes, it's worth watching)

Carapaz, who rides for Movistar, won the gruelling 14th stage of the three week race on May 25th gaining time on the supposed big favourites every time the road went uphill. He was allowed to ride up the road while the favourites slugged out behind, oblivious to the threat.

The script had the race lead passing from one Slovenian (Jan Polanc) to another (Roglic). But  Carapaz took advantage of the simmering rivalry between leader-elect Roglic and Nibali to attack.

“This is the biggest moment of my sporting life,” he said. “In this final time trial I just suffered from start to finish until I reached the arena of Verona. It’s fabulous to win the Giro d’Italia.”

He finished the race 1min 5sec ahead of the home favourite Vincenzo Nibali and 2.30 in front of the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who leapfrogged Mikel Landa into third spot.

Carapaz's parents had flown over from Ecuador – the first time they had been on an aeroplane.

The 'Locomotive of Carchi', is the nickname that has caught on over the past three weeks.

Indeed, the consensus was that Carapaz, in becoming the first Ecuadorean to win a Grand Tour and the second South American - after Colombian Nairo Quintana - to win the Giro, had instantly become one of the country's all-time sporting greats.

"June 2 is an indelible date in the history of Ecuadorian sport, and from now is the national day of cycling. It’s the date that Richard Carapaz became, through a superhuman performance, one of the country's greatest sporting figures."

Ecuador President Lenin Moreno said: "There are 17 million hearts that have been cheered by Richard Carapaz, who has shown us we can do great things."

Writing in El Telegrafo, former cycling-cross rider Sebastian Palacios issued something of a call to arms.  "Some say sport changes lives. I believe that sport can change an entire country," he wrote.  "For that, Richard's triumph, as well as filling us with happiness and pride, must make us reflect on those athletes who have the ability but not the means - those that need dedicated structures to help them train, to provide them with the resources to enable them to fulfil their potential.

 Fewer words and more actions. Let’s hope that, with Richard's victory, the government treats sport as a priority and that the President understands the benefits of investing in sport, which keeps us healthy, keeps us away from drugs and other vices, and cultivates values like discipline and perseverance."

Ecuador President Moreno has just announced that taxes on bicycle imports will be removed, and that the state will go further in supporting its athletes.

Ok, I'll just bow in his general direction and say I'm not worthy... holy shit, this is impressive. I did NOT see that coming. Coolest thing I've seen all month

A beloved volleyball referee (77 year old Navy vet) had a car problem, and had to rent a car to get to games, until one awesome supporter, 10 teams, their families, and a used car dealership got together, and presented him with a fixed up used car!

Lemuel Buster, a ref at Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department in Paulding County, Georgia, walked out of the gym last month and was met with a crowd of cheering community members. (just before his June 6th birthday)

Buster, a grandfather and veteran who played volleyball in the Navy, has been refereeing at the recreation department since it opened last year. But his car died before the first game of the year, so he’d been renting a car at his own expense to make the games since March. If they don’t have a ref, they can’t play, and he didn’t want to disappoint the kids.

One of the parents, Rebecca Jones, took notice of his financial situation and the fact that he was struggling with money for other expenses, including food, because of the amount he was spending on the rentals.

She made a plea to other people in the town, asking for help for the coach who had volunteered so much of his time so that the community’s kids could succeed in sports.

Lemuel Buster constantly shows how much he loves serving the community in Paulding County, Georgia and even arrives early at games to help the coaches.

Ashworth told "GMA" that Buster had informed her that his car died. Since it couldn't be repaired, he rented a car to get back and forth to games.

Ashworth and the Paulding County community members began collecting donations. One of the fathers who owns a used car lot donated a Chyrysler Sebring convertible to be gifted to Buster. Minor fixes were made to the vehicle so Buster wouldn't have anything to worry about, and in May, after a game in Mount Taber Park, team members and their families surprised Buster with the car and $2,000 in gift card donations.

He said, he saw mothers and fathers, with their cameras clicking pictures, and girls who were former players, he was wondering why they were all gathered there.

He finally got it when he saw a beautiful convertible Chrysler Sebring with a red bow on it waiting for him in the parking lot.

The videos are different enough to make both worth watching

"He was just blown away," Ashworth said. "He cried, we all cried."

Buster, considers all the players, their parents and the Paulding County community, as his family.

“These are my great-grandchildren. The parents are my children,” Buster said. “We’re family.”

Buster told the waiting crowd that he was going to drive the car straight to church and got it blessed by a priest.

Buster says that there are good people everywhere and all we need to do is smile.

PS... in followup, last week the car saved his life as he drove himself to the hospital in pain, and found it was heart trouble, if he'd been minutes slower, he'd be dead.

A group of Home Depot workers made one toddler's day by creating a walker especially for him.

So, this is a good news (for the kid, and parents, and Home Depot great people) and bad news (Americans aren't able to kick insurance company CEOs in the head and find the reset button I'm sure is buried deep inside somewhere, which we can find if we kick harder, and longer if needed) that insurance companies willfully and deliberately delay and frustrate "customers" they want to dissuade from purchasing medical equipment for kids who need it.

Simply put, medical insurance are two words that do not describe the for profit corporations that try to deny American customers medical necessities in order to increase profits.

So, this little kiddo needed a walker because he has a muscle problem, and he NEEDS, not wants, a walker to allow his independent mobility.

Since the obstructive insurance company was roadblocking the family from getting one, they looked online and decided to make one from PCV and wheels at Home Depot. Not only is this fast, it's cheap. Possibly not as long lasting as an aluminum walker, but I don't have stats and metrics to compare.

When the good people at Cedartown Georgia learned what was in the works, they told the mom to take the kiddo off for ice cream, and come back in about an hour.

Poof, presto, cool people magic happened and they found the materials, assembled the walker, and it was ready and waiting for the kiddo and mom when they returned.

So, Bravo! to Home Depot of Cedartown Georgia! (boo, hiss, and cement boots for medical insurance execs)

Tip of the hat to the always incredible TYWKIWDBI

there's no use in trying to back up.... that's clear, but I don't think he's going to much farther up that cliff either

A late production Grumman Hellcat was returned to the plant for workers to see. It had more than 200 bullet holes in it from combat.

Peugeot's new concept cars have a cool gadget to drive me nuts... it takes the steering wheel away from the human when in "autonomous made" so there's no way to prevent a crash (thanks Mike!)

Fine, that disappearing steering wheel is a neat trick, folding down and sliding into the dash - but since I don't trust a self driving car any farther than I can throw it... I am certain that preventing the driver from grabbing a steering wheel and instantly changing the direction in a collision course is a bad idea

1981 Journey tour program by Stanley Mouse

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Coffee and donuts kart racing

I'll be darned, who ever thought they'd make a frisbee look like a tire?

looks like the right sort of lake hopper to me... small, with a VW engine and a couple gas tanks. You actually don't need anything more from a plane when going fishing (room for bait, poles, snacks and beer of course)

1938, the Golden Train for taking the Right Hand of Saint Stephen ( it really was a mummified hand ) around to people across the country of Hungary for the 900th anniversary of Saint Stephen's death

"For the transportation of the Holy Right, a richly decorated railway carriage with walls and floor of the ornamental hall were covered with purple velvet, and its ceiling was covered with white silk.

Built by MÁV, the Golden Train, together with the wagons connected to it, the golden carriage, the Hungarian design and ornamentation and the Hungarian industry was a masterpiece.

According to the description, the golden car was not only distinguished by its special exterior and interior decoration, but also by its shape from other high-speed coaches, "

Nothing about the fate of the gold car after 1944 is known. Various legends circulate about it's disappearance. Some say it is rusty in an underground aircraft hangar in Bavaria. Others saw it as a burnt-out wagon last seen on one of the car tracks on the Dunakeszi vehicle repair. More likely, all that gold was stolen off it during WW2

Fiat Ansaldo CV33 minitanks in Hungary.

the 1908 Mors Grand Prix Car, the last of the big Mors cars, quickly made it's way to Argentina, where it broke down during a race, and was pushed into a barn and forgotten

The Mors automobile factory was an early French car manufacturer. It was one of the first to take part in automobile racing, beginning in 1897, due to the belief of the company founder, Émile Mors, in racing's technical and promotional benefits. By the turn of the century, automobile racing had become largely a contest between Mors and Panhard et Levassor.

André Citroën became chairman of Mors in 1908 and restored the company's viability. In 1925, Citroën bought Mors outright and closed it down, using its factory for the production of his Citroën automobiles.

775 cu in, 4 cylinder

the Stewart-Warner company made South Wind heaters for American cars from the thirties to the fifties, they worked by burning gasoline vapor under a vacuum so leaking fumes would not occur.

In the early days of motoring, staying warm consisted of multiple layers of clothes or portable gas lamps. It wasn't until 1930 that GM pioneered the now-standard heater core that uses a radiator that gets hot coolant from the engine and sends heat into the compartment using a fan. Only thing was back then, it could take up to thirty minutes to get the cab warm on a winters day.

Unhappy with the inefficiency his car heater, Canadian-born Chicagoan named Harry J. McCollum invented a car heater that burned raw gasoline, the Southwind Heater.

Gasoline drawn from the carburetor float bowl by engine vacuum was piped through a thin copper tube into a firing chamber, where it was atomized and ignited by a glow plug. The resulting horizontal flame could be adjusted with a knob that controlled the fuel orifice. The flame warmed a finned oven section inside the heater, and an electric fan blew air over the oven and into the car.

Combustion gases were drawn back into the engine intake manifold, again by vacuum. Thermostats made sure that the glow plug turned off after ignition and that the fan didn't come on too soon."

In the early 1930's McCollum took his invention to Chicago's Stewart-Warner plant and demonstrated it to the chief engineer. The company had made speedometers that were first used on original Ford Model Ts, and subsequently became established as a leading supplier of automotive instruments.

Trouble light from the 1920s that only worked if the bulb housing was placed on bare metal to ground the circuit

a good article to read, about an ordinary car, not a special, unique, or rare car... just a 1941 Chevy Master Deluxe coupe

Martha Wilson talked her boyfriend into boarding an eastbound train with her so they could pick up the car in Michigan and drive it home, in July, to San Francisco

Why go get it? Why not have Chevrolet deliver it to her dealership instead?

She’d already worked out with the salesman what everything would cost her—all the added fees and what her insurance and payments would be. She negotiated the price and came up with the financing. The one thing she just couldn’t get past was the $117 line item labeled “freight.” Some 10 percent of the price of the car, just to ship it from Flint to California.

In 1983, after Martha died, the car was shipped up to her niece in Medford, Oregon. In 2013, after Lisa’s mother died, Lisa was looking to sell it.  Lisa had some of Martha’s story, and all of the paperwork that came with the car.

Other than replacing the radiator, the hoses and belts, the brake lines, and the ancient bias-ply tires -  there wasn't much else to do mechanically. The 216-cubic-inch six-cylinder had 64,000 miles on it and still ran perfectly. Even the vacuum shift came back to life pretty easily.

My favorite bit of paperwork from Martha’s ownership is a handwritten log that begins on August 4, 1941, in Flint, at “Mile 0.” She tracked the whole trip, which ends on August 12 at 1:30 a.m. with their arrival at her basement apartment on Moscow Street in San Francisco after 2589 miles and $28.75 spent on 132.5 gallons of gas.

This of course, is a severely editted version of the story

Just another cool story found in Hagerty magazine, by the Hagerty collector car insurance company. You can read the magazine online if you'd like.

Models I only just now learned of, the Night Runner, and the Yellow Fever

400 produced, painted in Brilliant Black exterior paint, comes with Dark Nickel Pearl finish 22-inch wheels, black chrome grill inserts, unique Night Runner Badging, a black center stack and center console bezel overlay, and a serialized Night Runner dash plaque. Only available as a 2006 regular cab or 2006 Quad cab SRT 10 Dodge truck

the Yellow Fever Edition of the Ram SRT-10 was built for only 2005, and was limited to 500 and only 300 are the longer crew-cab configuration.

 8.3L Viper V-10 500 HP engine with an air-box intake and cast valve covers, a scooped hood with a special fanged hood stripe, rear spoiler and Leer fiberglass tonneau cover.

This was backed by an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 4-wheel disc brakes, 22-inch spoked aluminum wheels, wide Pirelli tires, specialized suspension parts and power steering.

Styling is Solar Yellow paint, black graphics and V-10 notations. Raised Viper logos are also found on various components inside and out. Inside, these unique machines received exclusive suede and leather upholstery done in a combination of black and yellow materials, with special callouts denoting the V-10 powerplant on the seat headrests.

when you stick the landing, AND drive away to keep racing - that's a mighty cool accomplishment!

Railroad milepost, Carthage NY: 74 miles to Utica. As seen June, 19, 2019 at a disused railroad bridge over the Black River.

well, that's certainly different!

scoreboard kill markers also were tallied on big guns

each ring marked a plane shot down, and the flags of the country of the plane were painted on the band