Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nuclear Submarines

The U.S.S. Seawolf the world's second nuclear powered submarine, is shown sliding into the Thames River from here building ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Conn. The Seawolf, similar in many respects to the world's first atomic submarine, U.S.S. Nautilus, was launched July 21, 1955.

The world's first Polaris-firing Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, the U.S.S. George Washington, cruises at sea after leaving her builder's dock at General Dynamics Corporation's Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn. Armed with 16 thermo-nuclear Polaris Missiles capable of wreaking more destruction than all the bombs dropped in World War II, the 380 foot, 5,900 ton ship went on her first Polaris patrol in November 1960.

First opf the nuclear powered anti-submarine submarines, the U.S.S. Tullibee is shown at sea shortly after commissioning at her General Dynamics Corporation's Electric Boat Division dock in Groton, Conn. Carrying the smallest crew of any nuclear ship - six officers and fifty men - the 273 foot Tullibee is one of the Navy's newest Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) weapons. She carries more sonar equipment than all U.S. submarines of World War II.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Got Gas?

Gulf Summer Grade No-Nox gasoline - 1951 magazine advertisement.

Texaco Sky Chief gasoline with Petrox - 1956 magazine advertisement.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New York Central

The New York Central Railroad, known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States. Headquartered in New York, the railroad served most of the Northeast, plus additional trackage in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Its primary connections included Chicago and Boston.

New York Central EMD E7 - Englewood Station, Illinois, June 07, 1962 - One of NYC's first E7 units is paired with an E7B on the MICHIGAN inbound to Chicago.

New York Central observation car - Englewood Station, Illinois, June 07, 1962 - The observation car Hickory Creek brings up the rear of New York Central's renowned 20th CENTURY LIMITED as it pauses in Englewood. Passengers are already being served their drinks in the lounge.

New York Central EMD E8 - Englewood Station, Illinois, June 07, 1962 - New York Central's last E8 unit is paired with another black one on the front of the combined PACEMAKER / NEW ENGLAND STATES as it slows for Englewood station.

LINK: To see many more great vintage railroad photos, visit Bob Krone on RailPictures.Net
Thank you Bob!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Boeing 727

The first Boeing 727 flew in 1963 and for over a decade it was the most produced commercial jet airliner in the world. When production ended in 1984, a total of 1831 had been produced. The 727 was produced following the success of the Boeing 707 quad-jet airliner. Designed for short-haul routes, the 727 became a mainstay of airline's domestic route networks.

Air France - Boeing 727-228 - Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport - France, August 1977.

Lufthansa - Boeing 727-230 - Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport - France, October 11, 1983.

LINK: All Photos Copyright Michel Gilliand on Airliners.Net

Saturday, September 21, 2013

ALWEG Monorail

Alweg was founded by Swedish industrial magnate Dr. Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren in January 1953 as Alweg-Forschung, GmbH (Alweg Research Corporation), based in F├╝hlingen, Germany, near Cologne.

The company was an outgrowth of the Verkehrsbahn-Studiengesellschaft (Transit Railway Study Group), which had already presented its first monorail designs and prototypes in the previous year. The Alweg name is an acronym of Dr. Wenner-Gren's name (Axel Lennart WEnner-Gren).

Alweg is best remembered for developing the original Disneyland Monorail System, opening in 1959, and the Seattle Center Monorail, opened for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition.

Both systems remain operational, with the Seattle Center Monorail still using the original Alweg trains which have traveled over one million miles.

In 1963, Alweg proposed to the city of Los Angeles a monorail system that would be designed, built, operated and maintained by Alweg.

Alweg promised to take all financial risk from the construction, and the system would be repaid through fares collected. The City Council rejected the proposal in favor of no transit at all.

Alweg's technology was licensed in 1960 by Hitachi Monorail, which continues to construct monorails based on Alweg technology around the world. The world's busiest monorail line, the Tokyo Monorail, was completed in 1964 by what was then the Hitachi-Alweg division of Hitachi.

After Alweg ran into financial difficulties, Alweg's German operations were taken over by Krupp. Alweg's Seattle subsidiary Wegematic ceased operations in 1964, but some of the technology used in the Disneyland monorail was eventually acquired by Canadian company Bombardier.

LINK: All photographs are from the LIFE Magazine Archives - Photographer: Ralph Crane - October 1952.