Monday, 20 July 2015

Historic Views of Chemainus in B. C, Canada.

Wall murals depicting the history of days gone by are seen in this interesting town. Also seen is the Steam Donkey at work.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Fichtelberg Railway, Germany

The Fichtelberg Railway is a narrow gauge railway that leads from the standard gauge international line at Cranzahl to the ski resort of oberwiesenthal in the Erzebirge mountains in eastern Germany. It takes its name from the Fichtel Mountain near Oberwiesenthal.  The railway operates only steam powered passenger trains. Steam engines of the DR Class 99.77-79, serial 099 772, 099 773, 099 785, 099 786 and 099 794 are the steam locomotives on this line. This postcard shows locomotive 99-794

Chicago "L", U.S.A.

The Chicago "L" (short for "elevated") is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority. It is the fourth largest rapid transit system in the United States in terms of total route length (at 102.8 miles (165.4 km) long and third busiest rail mass transit system in the USA after Washington Metro. Chicago's "L" provides 24-hour service on some portions of its network, being one of only four heavy rail rapid transit systems in the United States. The oldest sections of the "L" started operations in 1892, making it the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas, after Bostons “T”. The "L" has been credited with fostering the growth of Chicago's dense city core that is one of the city's distinguishing features. The "L" consists of eight rapid transit lines laid out in a spoke-hub distribution paradigm mainly focusing transit towards the Loop. Although the "L" gained its nickname because large parts of the system are elevated, portions of the network are also in subway tunnels, at grade level, or open cut.

Tram Line No 16, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tram Line No 16 is a tram in Amsterdam connecting Central Station – Albus – Lairessestraat – Boelelann. The 7.3 KM long line commenced operations on 15th August 2013 and has undergone several modernization programs.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

's-Hertogenbosch Railway Station, Netherlands.

's-Hertogenbosch  is a railway station located in 's-Hertogenbosch  in the Netherlands. The station and all services operating from it are run by the national Dutch train operating company. 's-Hertogenbosch station opened on 1 November 1868 as the northern terminus of the southern portion of the Utrecht – Boxtel railway with service south to Boxtel. Only in 1870 were the two parts of Line joined together, allowing for direct service to Utrecht Central. As the town was a fortress at the time, the station was designed with attack in mind; its wood truss construction allowed it to be dismantled or damaged with minimal waste. 's-Hertogenbosch station was further expanded upon the opening of the Tilburg – Nijmegen railway, making it an important railway junction. In 1896, the original station was replaced with a large brick structure.  The station was relocated a few hundred metres south of the original, along with the realignment of the tracks to the west. The second 's-Hertogenbosch station was characterised by its neo-Renaissance style, with a second floor for railway employees. During WW II on  16 September 1944, the station caught fire and burnt down; it was never rebuilt to its former glory. A more modern, post-war building designed was erected in 1951. The remaining parts of the second building were incorporated, while the third station's canopy remains to this day. 's-Hertogenbosch was again rebuilt in 1998, with an extension of the roof to the other island platform. Much of the renovation consisted of an aerial walkway, the Stationspasserelle, connecting the roadways on either side of the tracks, and the removal of a special ramp to the platforms.

Eindhoven Railway Station, Netherlands

Eindhoven is a railway station located in Eindhoven, Netherlands.The station was opened on 1 July 1866 is located on the Breda – Eindhoven , Venlo – Eindhoven  & Eindhoven – Weert railway lines. As such it is a major interchange station for train services in the southern Netherlands. Several Intercity trains and local trains call at the station.