Alstom MP05 as used on the Paris Métro.
Sitter took off for St Patty’s day, so I did as well. Took the boys to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, which despite it’s name is fairly small. But they have a solid collection, and let you climb over most of it. In other words, it’s a great place to take a pair of toddlers. Here’s the highlights.
Time was when many thought two gears was adequate. GM made two speed automatics for many years. Later Honda used the Hondamatic, a manually operated two speed with torque converter which appeared in many cars and fewer bikes. I’ve got a vague memory of being on two speed buses. But the two speed was abandoned years…
An old train station in my town has been converted into a museum. They have some old locomotives on display outside and a lot of other neat items and model trains inside. But then I discovered that there’s also a car museum! It was small, but impressive. About 15 concourse-condition vehicles, pretty much all pre-war.
Recently I was hauled along by one of these.
The observant of us will notice that this is a passenger train.
We could have had a Clio 172, but instead let’s have a Bombardier Class 172.
Gizmodo has been telling us about a Danish wind turbine which has been producing record amounts of electricity. It’s big. It’s a Vestas V-164 and rises 220m or lots of feet over the North Sea. The rotor diameter is 164m which is also really big. Given enough wind it produces 9 MW.
Either side of the nose
One like this. In fact this exact one.
Yesterday we examined the Voith L5r4z , an ingenious contraption which allows you to engage two speeds in each direction without ever having to actually change gear, as it’s all done by pumping ATF about the place.
Our latest oddity is this.
Meet a Hyundai Tucson. It’s the best selling car here, having dethroned the Golf. Not because of dieselgate so much as everybody, but everybody, wants a crossovery kind of car plus extensive marketing, long guarantee, competitive pricing and a good reputation.
Meet a Class 121, aka Bubble Car.
Meet a 101. Specifically, a Class 101 small diesel train. It was in use from 1956 to 2003 by which time the oldest units were an impressive 47 years old.
In a train.