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Lord_k's Article – January 2012 Archive (16)

Sunday Streamline #51: Electric Eels

This shot was taken more than two decades ago:

The trainsets don't look outdated even today. But they were built before WWII. In the 1930s the Italian state railways, Ferrovie dello Stato, electrified the main line Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome-Naples and needed a fast train to use on it and on other newly-electrified lines. The ETR 200 project was…


Added by lord_k on January 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #31: The Belgian Alternative

In 1939, many European powers could boast a fighter plane equal or even superior to the German Bf 109. And Belgium was no exception.

Alas, superiority was achieved mostly on paper. In fact, "wonderfighters" designed in Poland and Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Netherlands were either unfledged, or produced in insufficient numbers, or both. And Belgium, again, was no exception.…


Added by lord_k on January 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #123: Albion. Sure as the Sunrise

Ladies and gentlemen! Omnibuses, coaches and lorries from Glasgow, Scotland!

Albion Motors, founded in 1899, were amongst the great survivors of the British vehicle industry and, especially, of the indigenous Scottish motor industry - many early companies failed and it was only in the 1960s that there was a vain attempt to re-introduce mass vehicle production…


Added by lord_k on January 27, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Chilehaus, Hamburg

I'm sure the building looks familiar to a lot of our friends, especially in Europe. But I've just found a good reason to show it here.

After an obligatory night shot (by christoph_bellin @ Flickr), a bit of info.…


Added by lord_k on January 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Canadian WWII Posters (2)

Some more examples of Canadian war propaganda brought to us by Mr. Malon in his fabulous photostream:

(Anonymous illustrator)

We already ran two batches of Canadian war art - Posters and…


Added by lord_k on January 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #50: The Big T

The Pennsylvania Railroad Class T looked fast just sitting there.

In the twilight years of steam locomotive developement, the scale of the American main line engine was reaching epic proportions. Greater size and power meant stronger, heavier reciprocating machinery; increasing the destructive forces of weight imbalance and of pulsing thrust upon railroad plant.…


Added by lord_k on January 22, 2012 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

S.A.M. #30: The Giant Duck

This Saturday, we have a really big bird here. This bird never flew. Actually, it never existed in metal. Anyway...

What about a flying wing, carrying 80 passengers over the Atlantic? Sounds 1930s, uh? But the concept was developed much earlier, in early 1920s. Dr. Hugo Junkers patented the Nurflügel (literally - "wing only") configuration in 1910 and…


Added by lord_k on January 21, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #122: American Compact

Meet the cheapest mass-production car of the Great Depression era:

In the aftermath of 1929 stock market crash and subsequent financial crisis, many automotive companies lost their economic backing and were forced to close. Others quickly lost their clientele and ceased to exist. Remaining companies struggled to stay alive, often drastically changing their business…


Added by lord_k on January 20, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #49: LNER A4 Class

Bold, beautiful and faster than anything steam-powered on Earth.

The story of the London and North Eastern Railway A4 Pacifics is brought to us by LNER Encyclopedia.

By the 1930s, the railways were beginning to see increased competition from road and air travel. It was clear that services between the…


Added by lord_k on January 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

S.A.M. #29: Boeing Triplane Attacker

Got something weird in your mailbox? Hello, the Saturday Air Mail is here!

This Saturday (cold and windy, I must admit) our guest star is the GA-1 (ground attack aircraft No.1), a brainchild of Engineering Division, U.S. Army Air Service, and their engineer, Isaac M. Laddon. It was built by Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle, Washington.



Added by lord_k on January 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #121: Citroën TPV

No posh cars today. Meet the Toute Petite Voiture (Very Small Car) by Citroën, France.

The story of this remarkable car is brought to us by Julian March (published @ citroen.org.uk).

Whereas most of Citroën's prototypes have been shrouded in mystery, the…


Added by lord_k on January 13, 2012 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Karl the Great

Probably I'm trespassing again, but hope Mr. Holman will forgive me. The heaviest self-propelled guns in history have long deserved an entry here.

I'm talking about Karl, the 600mm (24-inch) mortar. Actually, seven guns with many names. Here is their story, brought to us by Mitch Williamson, the…


Added by lord_k on January 10, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Industrial Art of Louis Lozowick

The artist who immortalized the Diesel Era in powerful lithographs:

Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) was born in Ludvinovka, Russian Empire, and studied at the Kiev Art School. He came to New York in 1906 and studied at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll and Emil Carlsen. Lozowick graduated from Ohio State University in 1918 and then went to Europe. While…


Added by lord_k on January 9, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Sunday Streamline #48: Three, One, Two, Five

The streamliners are back again! This Sunday, our guest stars are diesel-motor units of NS, Dutch National Railroads.

They were a large and prosperous family. The first streamliner, Mat'34 (aka NS 27 or DE3 or DE III or Dieseldrie) was a three-car articulated unit, inspired by DRG…


Added by lord_k on January 8, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #28: Breguet Bre 730 & 731

If only the looks could kill, these flying boats would be the deadliest things over the Atlantic.

In fact, they were obsolete before they could fly and led an unimpressive, even disappointing life. But the looks, oh!

The Saturday Air Mail presents: Breguet 730/731 flying boats. Their story is brought to us by …


Added by lord_k on January 7, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #120: Hanomag Kommissbrot

Another compact car today. This time from Hannover, Germany.

It was built by Hanomag company, established in 1835 by Georg Eggestorff as Eisen-Giesserei und Maschinenfabrik. The company supplied small steam locomotives to German railroads, and since 1905 began to built road locomotives and steam waggons for the Imperial Army.…


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

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