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Lord_k's Article – September 2012 Archive (19)

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

S.A.M. #64: Wings of Reality

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…


Added by lord_k on September 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #159: Alfa Twelve

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 …


Added by lord_k on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 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

S.A.M. #63: Fighting Canard

I won't be surprised to see this handsome fighter in a new version of Crimson Skies or some Dieselpunk/althistorical opus.

SAI Ambrosini SS.4

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…


Added by lord_k on September 22, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #158: All-American Oakland

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.

1926 Oakland

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…


Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No 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

Paint It Red: Dutch Posters

This poster comes from the Netherlands:

Walter. Painters Union. 1929

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…


Added by lord_k on September 17, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 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

S.A.M. #62: The Neverliner

Another flying wing - this time from Great Britain:

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52

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…


Added by lord_k on September 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #157: Silver Fish, Part 2

The story of Porsche-designed Auto Union racers continued in 1935:

1935 Auto Union Typ B, Acerbo

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…


Added by lord_k on September 14, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Chinese Dieselpunk

A few days ago I came across a great set of Diesel Era graphic art from China.

I use to share a good thing when I see one. Probably some of you may have seen it already - it was published on a very popular 50 watts website. The pictures are from the book Chinese…


Added by lord_k on September 12, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 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, 3'6") Tōkaidō Line.…


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

S.A.M. #61: And They Called Him Bombi

This Saturday, our airmail is brought to you by a quintessential Dieselpunk aircraft right from Argentina:

FMA AeMB.2 - two inflight

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…


Added by lord_k on September 8, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #155: Dymaxion

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 …


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

It's Deco Time

This is a 1935 digital clock.

Jaeger Heures Sautantes 1935

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,…


Added by lord_k on September 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 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

S.A.M. #60: The Flying Wing Firebird

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.

It had two designation - VS-2 (VS for Voiskovoy Samolet, roughly a multipurpose Army aircraft), and K-12, being the 12th design of…


Added by lord_k on September 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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