This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.
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…Continue
If you're going to design a very unusual aircraft for your Dieselpunk setting, read this entry.
Maybe your dreamplane has been already designed and flown eighty years ago. Or probably you'll see something well beyond the borders of your imagination. So give your inventive spirit a little rest and let me introduce you to the designs of Boris Ivanovich…Continue
Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.
Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.
Here is …Continue
A company once known as "world's greatest travel system" had a lot to advertise.
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…Continue
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…Continue
I won't be surprised to see this handsome fighter in a new version of Crimson Skies or some Dieselpunk/althistorical opus.
The Italians were the first of the participants in World War II to build a canard combat aircraft, the SAI-Ambrosini "S.S.4". Italian aircraft engineer Sergio Steffanutti had become interested in canard aircraft in…Continue
Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.
Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…Continue
Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?
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…Continue
This poster comes from the Netherlands:
Painters' trade union informs us that the hand holding a brush can also be a fist. Beware!..
Recently, yours truly and Stefan exchanged opinions on Interbellum art. Speaking of creativity and imagination, I mentioned…Continue
One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:
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…Continue
Another flying wing - this time from Great Britain:
Of the many tailless aircraft projects that reached the advanced development stage during the mid-1940s, the Armstrong Whitworth A.W. 52 jet-powered flying wing stands out, for its visionary approach to the jetliner of the future. Although the aircraft flew after the…Continue
The story of Porsche-designed Auto Union racers continued in 1935:
Actually, the work on Type B, an improved version of the glorious Auto Union Type A, started in the autumn 1934. The car received a new 16-cylinder…Continue
A few days ago I came across a great set of Diesel Era graphic art from China.Continue
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, 3'6") Tōkaidō Line.…Continue
Added by lord_k on September 9, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
This Saturday, our airmail is brought to you by a quintessential Dieselpunk aircraft right from Argentina:
It is the first Argentine-designed combat airplane. Its story is a bit controversial, at least when told in English, but I was lucky enough to find a credible article on…Continue
I believe everyone here is familiar with Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion World concept.
And the Dymaxion Car is by no means "obscure" or "forgotten". But should it stay out of our Garage? Of course it shouldn't - the car (actually, three cars) as well as the idea of …Continue
This is a 1935 digital clock.
Digital doesn't mean 'electronic'. Instead of using hands to point at numerals this watch displays moving numerals. It is called Heures Sautantes, "jumping hours" for its numeral-printed hour disc displaying hours in upper window. The clock was made by Jaeger,…Continue
Once upon a time in the Middle East, there were mammoth-like creatures spreading steam and thirsty for water.
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…Continue
Among a few 1930s flying wing designs this one stands out - an experimental aircraft designed as a bomber from the start, when relatively little was known about tailless planes' behavior.Continue