“Flinders Bar is named after Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) who wrote a paper on ships’ magnetism for the British Navy. He discovered the addition of a bar of iron would compensate for errors caused by his cargo during his travels to Australia.” (Wiki)
Topic for another day … Kelvin’s Balls.
from: Admiralty Manual of Seamanship, Vol 1; 1964; Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London.
If you “>Play all” this playlist runs about 16 minutes - assuming you truncate any commercials which come with the 12 videos.
I watch these playlists on an HD TV and sound system when selecting, screening and editing for time.
1,2,3 Sapsan!… this Siemens product was put into service in 2009 between St Petersburg and Moscow. Sapsan is Russian for peregrine falcon. The third video shows V Putin going for a ride. I have not cut the PutinVid for time because he is so hunky - even with his shirt on.
4. Also near St Petersburg, a Russian freight train comes at us out of the sun and some nice telephoto effects are produced as it passes.
5. After getting a diverging signal from the lower panel, a Swiss train goes through crossovers at a junction. The train is about 20 miles west of Zurich in northern Switzerland and you’ll notice the consist is primarily composed of maintenance of way equipment and materials.
6. Next, we’re near Kestert, Germany - about 45 miles west of Frankfurt. The Rhine River provides plenty of transportation to record with roads and rail on both banks - and river traffic. This particular videographer presents trains as elements within the much broader context of their surrounding countryside. Consequently these are very beautiful and very relaxing to watch.
7. At Caledonia, Wisconsin - 15 miles south of Milwaukee - the daylight is failing. Take a moment to contemplate the gates and lights which protect road crossings at grade. In the event of a power failure, they are designed to operate for about 24 hours on battery power.
8. Bellows Falls is located on the border of southern Vermont - across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire. Three cars of plate steel travel through a particularly venerable area of early North American railroading infrastructure - the tunnel itself was constructed in 1851.
9. Heggere is located in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka, about 60 miles north-west of Bangalore. Here’s a fast passenger train on undulating terrain in a hot setting.
10. In the north-eastern Australian state of Queensland, a train of empty coal cars snakes its way west and inland over the topography for another load of coal for export to Asia.
11,12 The only known video of the Central of New Jersey Bronx terminal (1907-1961)… and another! Much more information on this unique facility at this link:
List of Political Prisoners from Lower Canada (1/2)
… dispatched on HMS Buffalo under Captain Wood.
Today’s Quebec Nationalists may prefer to focus on the 19 Patriotes hanged at the jail on Montreal’s harbourfront. I saw the late Pierre Falardeau interviewed once on francophone TV. In his furious cigarette-puffing way, he said it was simple: You have a society divided between those who are hanged and those who do the hanging!
I find another story more interesting and instructive.
The story of the unfortunates sentenced to Transportation to Australia (and other British colonies) suggests that a degree of mercy (some had death sentences commuted) and a degree of adaptation (some prisoners lived ‘almost’ normal lives - and without snow!) … adapted and survived to see that … the Patriotes actually made their point - by twisting the Lion’s tail - and won!
A nasty little detail of British colonial policy I found a while back, was that as a freed prisoner in Australia, you had to pay your own way back if you wanted to return home. After the Patriotes were pardoned by Queen Victoria, having spent six years in Australia, societies in Montreal were formed to collect money to ‘bring the boys home’.
from: Jubilé de diamant - Patriotes 1837-38 - Rôle d’Honneur’; J Douglas Borthwick; 1898; LJ Tarte et Frère, 33 and 35 Rue Saint-Gabriel, Montreal.
“On 01/04/1986, while in Mildura, Victoria (Australia), we joined fellow tourists for a short trip on PS Melbourne down the River Murray and return. This trip included passage through Lock 11 both on the down river and up river legs.
The YouTube account above has many videos on Australia’s railroading networks and museums - particularly as they were in the 1980s. This video is especially interesting as paddle ships were essential for navigating lakes and rivers in North America before shipping channels and railroads were finally built. Simple, robust wood-burning steam technology got people and goods from place to place in the Canadian wilderness.