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Lord K's Garage #184: Swiss Wheels

Swiss vehicles are far less famous than Swiss watches, Swiss cheese and Swiss pocket knives. Let's give some Dieselpunk love to Helvetic omnibuses!

Postauto Saurer 18.9.2010 0851

In Switzerland, dozens of Saurer, FBW and Berna buses, as good as new, are the stars of numerous automotive events. Thanks to…


Added by lord_k on May 17, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #78: Liner, Trainer, Fighter, Carrier

Overshadowed by more famous and spectacular German aircraft, the Siebel Si 204 boasted a distinctive Dieselpunk appearance and played at least four different roles.

Aero C-3a

Used in substantial numbers by the Luftwaffe as a light communications aircraft and crew trainer, the Siebel Si 204 was essentially a scaled-up …


Added by lord_k on February 23, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #71: Wings of Passion

Wake up! Your Saturday Air Mail is here, brought by a sleek, stunningly beautiful monoplane.

Lockheed Vega Century of Progress 2 Allan Lockheed and Jack Northrop teamed up together in 1927 and formed the Lockheed Aircraft Company.  It was a great combination and their Vega became the aircraft of the Golden Age for setting records.  Names like…


Added by lord_k on January 5, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #68: Night Birds

The Saturday Air Mail presents: another French biplane family.

Lioré et Olivier LeO 20

The Lioré-et-Olivier Type 20 and its derivatives are probably less famous than the Farman F.22, but no less important - and their looks are even more…


Added by lord_k on December 15, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #67: Your Affordable Tri-Motor

This Saturday, the Air Mail is delivered to your doorstep by a small, elegant, and well-forgotten British aeroplane.

Spartan Cruiser 1935

Meet the Spartan Cruiser!

This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as…


Added by lord_k on December 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #66: The Stratoliner

It's Saturday, and your Air Mail is here again, delivered by a state-of-art flying Leviathan.

TWA Stratoliner

The following article was published on Boeing official website:

The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. With names like…


Added by lord_k on November 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

S.A.M. #65: Whales Can Fly

This Saturday, your air mail is brought to you by a flying boat called "Wal" (Whale) and designed by no other than Claudius Dornier.

Dornier Do J II Wal

The Do J was a fairly modern (compared to World War I types) flying boat with a high-mounted strut-braced monoplane wing. Two piston engines were mounted in tandem in a nacelle above the wing and…


Added by lord_k on October 6, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #73: The Shoreliners

This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.

Sascha Maurer. Greater Power (The New Haven Railroad)

With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…


Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Canadian Pacific Posters

A company once known as "world's greatest travel system" had a lot to advertise.

Homeward Bound by Canadian Pacific

Established in 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway quickly evolved into a business empire. Their activities stretched far beyond the railroads: the CPR operated steamships and hotels, telegraph services and radio stations, and, quite naturally, an…


Added by lord_k on September 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Sunday Streamline #72: Star of India

When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.


But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…


Added by lord_k on September 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?

Tower City Front Exterior, 1950

With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…


Added by lord_k on September 18, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #71: Flying Colors

One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:

UP City of San Francisco ad

Three years after the introduction of lightweight diesel-powered streamline units, much more powerful locomotives were ready to haul full-weight trains. These locomotives, designed and built by EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, IL), were a serious competition…


Added by lord_k on September 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Sunday Streamline #70: Stylish and Slow

This Sunday, our streamliner is small, electric-powered and not too fast.

The EF55 class consisted of three locomotives built in 1936 by Hitachi, Kawasaki, and Tōyō Electric in Japan. They had 2Co+Co1 wheel arrangement and were originally intended to haul limited express trains on the narrow gauge (1067mm,…


Added by lord_k on September 9, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #69: Taurus Express

Once upon a time in the Middle East, there were mammoth-like creatures spreading steam and thirsty for water.

Iraqi State Railways class PC

It comes as something of a surprise to many people to discover that in the early 1940s Iraq State Railways were in the forefront of design so far as the steam locomotive is concerned. In 1940 Iraq State Railways completed the…


Added by lord_k on September 2, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #68: Blue and Crimson

I'm sure you're familiar with this beauty:


Yes, she's famous. But it's no reason for her exclusion from our streamline line-up.

The Princess Coronation Class, or as more commonly known Duchess class (or 'Big Lizzies'), is considered to be Sir William Stanier’s ‘Opus Magnum’ for the former London Midland and…


Added by lord_k on August 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #59: The First Clipper

Yours truly strongly suspects he's not the only flying boat aficionado here. Hope the Sikorsky S-40 will be most welcome.

Sikorsky S-40b Boarding in Miami

"The first Pan American plane to be called a “Clipper,” the S-40 grew out of Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh’s desire for a strong, sturdy, high-capacity four-engined transport to serve as an…


Added by lord_k on August 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Ferry From the Future

Of all ferries, this one fully deserves a good place in Dieselpunk Hall of Fame:

Kalakala (dcsfilms.com)

July 3, 1935 12:45 PM

The Kalakala commences her maiden voyage with great fanfare. With confetti and ticker tape, an estimated 100,000 citizens crowd Coleman Dock and the adjacent water-front to…


Added by lord_k on August 22, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Sunday Streamline #67: Algerian Garratts

A steam wonder of the Diesel Era: streamline Garratt locomotive.

CFA 231+132 BT 1-2

For starters, a short quote: "In 1934 the standard gauge between Algeria and Morocco was completed. The expresses Alger - Oran, hauled by the fantastic Garratts 231-132-AT, then BT, had cars for the express Oran - Casablanca..." (…


Added by lord_k on August 19, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #66: Canadian Power

They are back again, those streamliners, with a classic Peter Ewart poster:

Peter Ewart. Travel Canadian Pacific

You don't have to guess the make - it's THE Royal Hudson, Canadian Pacific Class H1d #2850. A semi-streamliner, like a lot of its contemporaries used by the same railway.  And before we see it again, let's take a quick look at some slightly…


Added by lord_k on August 12, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Going Underground

Some Diesel Era spirit from the famous Tube. I said 'Tube", not 'YouTube'.

Zero (Hans Schleger) Thanks to the Underground, 1935

London Transport Museum preserves several dozen treasures of graphic design. Vintage posters continue to inspire artists all over the world. Every British poster art exposition is considered a major cultural event, attracting maximum…


Added by lord_k on July 31, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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