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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.
Now that's funny!
That’s a great photo!
Dampfspeicherlok Mystery Finally Solved: The word dampfspeicherlok translates to steam storage locomotive. Over 50 years ago, I took this picture from a train moving through communist East Germany on the way to Berlin. At that time, I had never encountered a steam locomotive without a smokestack and never one where the pistons were in the rear below the cab. Thus, the picture.
Copied from a crappy old slide, I have been restoring the picture off and on for over 10 years. Now finished, I think we know what the locomotive is - a fireless steam locomotive that was made in East Germany by at the Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works. They were making these things as late as 1980. Below is an internet picture of one that has been restored at the Genthin Henkel Works.
This mystery has been solved. It only took 50 plus years. Kids, jobs, moves, motorcycles, technology and events are the only excuses for not getting it done sooner.
I don't understand how the steam is created.
Super heated steam is created in a boiler in some steam generating plant and then piped through a hose into the locomotive tank. The locomotive is just a big steam tank/reservoir on wheels. Once the hose is removed, the engine can run around until steam pressure is low to the point the tank needs to be recharged. These engines were used in environments where there was a potential fire hazard (e.g., mines, chemical plants, munitions works, etc.). Below is a fireless engine once used by Pennsylvania Power & Light. The locomotive sits in the Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA.
That's what I was picturing, but it didn't seem like they could store enough to be useful.
Thanks, I learned something today. Good way to end 2020
Happy new year
Rocket Redux: One of the most imposing exhibits in the American Heritage Museum is the Scud missile and launcher. Several weeks ago, I rode back there to take a closer look and get more pictures.
Technically, the missile is an R17 Elbrus (Scud B) with a MAZ-543 launch vehicle. The missile is based on the German V2 of WWII, has a range of around 190 miles and wasn't terribly accurate. Missile fuel was
unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) combined with red fuming nitric acid (IRFNA) as the oxidizer. Nasty stuff.
The whole rig, missile and launch vehicle weigh just south of 20 tons. The vehicle , which can reach a blistering 37 mph, is powered by a standard 525 hp tank engine. It carries a crew of 4, including the driver.
The setup and positioning of the missile is done from a small control station that sits between the two sets of 4 drive wheels.
I was led to believe that it took around an hour for a set up and launch. I was thinking that was a lot of hardware for a weapons system that didn't have a lot of accuracy or strategic potency as used. The MAZ chassis could be made into an interesting, if not practical, RV.
Adventures Of Yore: in trying to recover/restore old pictures, I sometimes come across photos that others might find interesting. Below is a particularly colorful shot taken during an adventure in Paris. The picture was taken on Place Blanche, which is just a block north west of the cheap hotel we had been staying at on Place Pigalle.
What made this an adventure was that we'd just been kicked out of our hotel - for being Americans. At that time, anti-Americanism was rampant in France, especially in Paris. Being virtually out of money (but with a plane ticket home) made it somewhat interesting. Note the pale blue, 4-wheel, bounce house known as the deux chevaux (i.e., Citroën 2CV) to the right of the picture. Built with an engine similar to the BMW boxer and with a suspension designed to absorb the bumps, rocks, ruts and potholes of farm fields; it should have been called deux chevaux aventure or 2CVADV
For comparative purposes, the picture was taken just about HERE.
That is a nice throwback photo John...
Happy New Year...
Thank you and Happy New Year to you and yours!
Two Badly Faded Photos Somewhat Saved: Rain and fog in the busy English Channel. Good times, though, when water was calm.
Pilot boat off Belgium coast.
Still looking to find, digitize and refurbish others of this crossing. Hope you find them interesting
Camera Took A Really Good Lower Light Pic: One of the camera's better indoor tank pics. Subject is the M5 Stuart.
Have found pic can have substantially improved focus and detail when using camera's built-in scene anti-motion blur function (sans flash). This is a good feature to have in a camera. Stupid me just figured out it was better than AUTO mode is these situations. At my age, I don't like messing with cameras any more. I just want to point and shoot and then ride/move on.
Lee Marvin Drove This In The Dirty Dozen: Below is a Sd.Kfz.8 Sonderkraftfahrzeug (special motorized vehicle) that was made by Krauss-Maffei sometime in 1940 -1941.
Initially designed by Daimler-Benz, who built most of them with Krupp, the behemoth was essentially a tractor that pulled artillery and other heavy equipment with room to carry some troops (up to 11 plus 2 crew) and/or supplies.
Powered by a 185 HP, 12 cylinder Maybach gasoline engine, it had a top road speed of 32 mph and could tow 14 tons..
This unit was captured by the British in North Africa in 1942 and is the only known Sd.Kfz.8 in the U.S. Lee Marvin drove it in the 1967 war movie The Dirty Dozen (shown below).
The vehicle has since been restored to more original livery.
Sunsets: We haven't taken or posted many/any sunsets in a long while so here's two that were shot with the older camera.
Going a bit farther west, there's this one:
Both took some work with AI filters due to having both over- and underexposed areas due to lighting conditions.
Old Train Fix: Below is a newly-restored picture of a classic, WWII signal box on the line running into Nuremberg Hbf (Hbf = Hauptbahnhof or Main Train Station). I have always thought this was an interesting railroad scene, given the history of the town, the times and design of the tower.
Taken in the 60s, I am guessing this classic signal tower is long gone. Also, war reconstruction was still going on.
Cape Bridge In Winter: A nice winter pic of the Cape Cod Canal bridge. It might be more interesting if there were snow; however, getting there on a snow day might not be fun.
As you probably know, they keep it in the up position and only lower for scheduled trains.
Sometimes you get lucky and happen to catch a train crossing.
I too love this post and all of your pictures and descriptions of old historic stuff. Keep it up! After close to 300,000 miles on cruisers, FJRs and Wings I have a GSA on order. I can't wait! Of course I'm still keeping the latest FJR too.
We've very happy to hear you're liking the thread. That you have a GS on order is just great - congratulations and welcome to the fun. Please keep us informed of and take lots of pics of the new steed. It took us a while to get used to the handling but once that was done, we can't see ever going back to something less.
Running A Fowl Of Critters In The Back Yard. We've a lot of birds coming through our back yard. Most are freeloaders, from finches to raptors. Others, however, do serious yard cleaning work removing mites, ticks and other bugs. These would be the chickens and turkeys that wander through the neighborhood. Of this bunch, one's the friendliest and hardest worker of them all and she stopped by yesterday afternoon for a bit. I thought she'd make a good practice subject for trying different shooting modes on something that was moving. I happened to have the camera nearby and this was the result, not to mention being only one of a few shots that turned out decent.
We're learning (e.g., In addition to shooting static indoor subjects in lower light, the anti-motion blur function can also useful when zoomed out on outdoor subjects that are not moving too fast). Given that we do encounter interesting critters on our rides, this is useful knowledge for those of us who don't want to spend a lot of times trying to get a good shot.
To that end, I am reminded of a particular instance where I was trying to photograph a yard animal. It was in the back yard (with permission) of an old mill that had been converted into a B&B. Passing by what looked like an innocuous woodshed, there was suddenly what sounded like a horrible scream followed by scuffle just feet away. Being more than a little startled, I turned around and was face to face with this beast.
It scared the crap out of me. I didn't know goats could make such horrible sounds and, being a little shaky, my "shoot, run and ride" pictures were a little blurry. I eventually got this one in focus over time using AI and other filter software but it would be nice to have them well-focused and sharp right out of the box.
Closer to home, we have these subjects showing up every spring and we look forward to more and better pictures of them.
Edit Note: For those of you who are unfamiliar with the sounds goats can make should you be surprised by one while out adventuring, here are some examples.
Monday Morning Miscellaneous Motorcycle Monkeying Around And Malarkey: With the redhead bound for new shoes and service, we got to thinking about spring and where it might go. Allied with this is the eternal question - to pose or just get the pic and get back to riding. There are a lot of threads for posing your bike with just about everything - trains, planes, churches, abandoned places, mountains, old places, train stations, cafes, signs, service stations, etc. What there isn't is "Show us your bike with a submarine." More scarce than trains, planes and other objects d' photographier, submarines are generally not parked where your bike can get close. Such was the case with the nuclear powered, USS Nautilus docked at the New London sub base.
With a bit of creative masking and editing, we may have a somewhat more fun and dramatic, if not totally accurate, picture of both together.
We tried to get the lighting, if not glass opacity/transparency, correct. Good mental entertainment.