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Lord_k's Article – October 2011 Archive (18)

Sunday Streamline #47: Blackpool Balloons

No huge locos and mighty diesels today. Just some trams from Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Commissioned in 1933 by Walter Luff, the controller of the network, in a bid to modernise the tramway's fleet, the Balloons were intended to replace the Dreadnought cars that had been in service since the opening of the tramway. They were built by English Electric during 1934 and 1935,…


Added by lord_k on October 30, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #18: Double Life

A rather unorthodox Swedish aircraft started its life as a piston-engine fighter to become a jet-propelled attacker.

Here it is, the SAAB J21, together with the Model 92 compact car, another SAAB product. The picture was taken in 1948, when the jet version was already airborne.

In 1941 Svenska Aeroplan AB started the initial project work on a new fighter…


Added by lord_k on October 29, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #110: Delahaye by Figoni

Rolling sculpture. Art Deco on wheels. Pure decodence.

Meet 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Figoni et Falaschi Coupe.

One of the 135's biggest assets was the relatively low-slung chassis, which made it a popular choice for custom coachbuilders, but naturally also increased the car's handling characteristics*. Although not quite under-slung, the use of independent front suspension and arched frame members at the rear contributed to the car's…


Added by lord_k on October 28, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: Lafayette Images

Volumes are written on the Lafayette Escadrille, a French fighter unit composed largely of American volunteers.

There is a lot of valuable sources, books and movies telling the story of the Escadrille organized by Dr. Edmund L. Gros, director of the American Ambulance Service, and Norman…


Added by lord_k on October 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #46: Mysterious Dutchmen

This will be a short one - more a query than an entry.

The locomotive pictured above is featured on Skyrocket.de (an excellent basic source of data on steam streamliners). It is designated as PO3 / 3800, one of the class of six built in 1936 for Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch…


Added by lord_k on October 23, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #17: Tough Tupolev

Meet the world's first cantilever wing four-engine heavy bomber - the Tupolev ANT-6 aka TB-3.

In 1925, the Soviet Air Force approached TsAGI with a requirement for a heavy bomber with total engine output of 2,000 PS (1,970 hp) and either wheeled or float landing gear. Tupolev OKB started design work in 1926 with the government operational requirements finalized in…


Added by lord_k on October 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #109: Bristol Buses

Once upon a time there was a tramway & carriage operator in Bristol unhappy with the performance of horseless omnibuses...

So this operator, already experienced in the tramway production, started to build its own buses. Since 1908, Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company Ltd. (which gave birth to the famous Bristol Aeroplane Company) was a part of the British automotive industry. Let's see some:…


Added by lord_k on October 21, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: French Escort

The Caudron R.11 (aka R XI) was the last bomber the French built during the Great War.

Evolved by Paul Deville from the R.IV reconnaissance bomber designed by Rene Caudron, the R.11 three-seat biplane was originally intended as a Corps d'Armee aircraft, but was destined to find its forte as a three-seat escort fighter. Its design was similar to the Caudron R.4, but with a more…


Added by lord_k on October 20, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #45: Baltic Diesels

A piece of prewar aesthetics in postwar world:

Ten three-unit diesel-electric trains, designed before the war, were built in Hungary by Ganz motor- és vagongyár (Ganz engine and wagon factory) for Argentine Railways. Probably the class was inspired by German-built Chilean…


Added by lord_k on October 16, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #16: Versatile Junkers

The Saturday Air Mail presents: a big bird from Dessau, Germany.

The Junkers Ju 90 airliner and transport series descended directly from the Ju 89, a contender in the Ural bomber programme aimed at producing a long-range strategic bomber (see below). This concept was abandoned by the RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium, Reich Aviation Ministry) in April 1937 in favour of smaller,…


Added by lord_k on October 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Lord k's Garage #108: Lincoln Ford Speedster

Built using aircraft engineering, the 1940 Special Speedster was one of several cars that were made for the personal collection of Edsel Ford.

He had Lincoln-designer Bob Gregorie design a new Speedster on the Ford V8 platform. The result was six boat-tail Speedsters that were custom built a modified chassis and unique aluminum body. The second was built in 1934 and was much more streamlined than the initial car.…


Added by lord_k on October 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air: Canada's Best

Most decorated Canadian WWI hero, William G. Barker was a person of outstanding bravery and skill.

The son of Mrs. George Barker, of Rathwell, Manitoba, William George Barker left high school in Dauphin to enlist in the Canadian Mounted Rifles in December 1914. He spent eight months in the trenches before he received a commission in the Royal Flying Corps in April 1916. After starting out as a mechanic, he qualified as an observer in August 1916 and…


Added by lord_k on October 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #44: Northern Connection

With all due respect to steam power nothing is more Dieselpunk than a Diesel-motor unit.

Here's one, built by Société Franco-Belge for Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (Northern Railway Company) in mid-1930s. Powered by Maybach engines, and looking very similar to the famous…


Added by lord_k on October 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #15: Fat-Cheeked Vs

Want a biplane? Want it to look like an airship? You've got it!

Vickers Vimy Commercial was an offspring of a wartime bomber design which arrived too late to be pressed into action. The 'original' Vimy with its slender fuselage well deserves a place in the Aviation Hall of Fame: it was the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic. On June 14, 1919, two British…


Added by lord_k on October 8, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #107: Marmon Cars

Another all-but-forgotten star of automotive industry: Marmon Motor Car Company.

Marmon's parent company was founded in 1851 manufacturing flour grinding mill equipment, and branching out into other machinery through the late 19th century. Small limited production of experimental automobiles began in 1902, with an air-cooled V-twin engine. An air-cooled V4 followed the next year,…


Added by lord_k on October 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: Bloody Paralysers

First really successful British heavy bombers were no less impressive than their German counterparts.

As early as December 1914 during the First World War the Royal Navy's Director of the Air Department, Captain Murray Sueter requested "a bloody paralyser" of an aircraft from Frederick Handley Page for long-range bombing. The phrase had originated from Commander Charles Rumney…


Added by lord_k on October 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #43: German Whales

Rail Rockets are back! Signed, sealed, delivered. With an appropriate stamp:

The stamp was issued in 1935 to commemorate the German railroads centennial. It features a streamline steam locomotive of the new 05 Class (DRG Baureihe 05), designed by Adolph Wolf and built by Borsig works in Berlin-Tegel. The locos (there were only two of them in 1935) had 4-6-4…


Added by lord_k on October 2, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #14: Norwegian Beauty

Probably the most gorgeous military floatplane ever built.

I've got scores of ultra-Dieselpunk aircraft up my sleeve: ugly, weird, almost impossible... But this weekend, resuming my duties after a prolonged vacation, I'd better share with you some great looks - along with an unusual story. Meet Jack Northrop's beauty!…


Added by lord_k on October 1, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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