Thursday, September 29, 2016

BIC bus, France, 1950s

A promotional bus which reflected the popular space age theme of the era.  The BIC company's products are fairly obvious!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oregon Short Line Depot in Boise, Idaho

The OSL was a Union Pacific subsidiary for most of its life until the name disappeared completely and was replaced by UP in 1987.

The depot was demolished in 1947. For more, see this webpage

New Caledonia aircraft stamp, 1950s

Maybe depicting a DC6.  The geological feature is known as the "Bonhomme et la roche percée", a pic of it below from this webpage

1946 Volvo bus

As it mentions the chassis (and the motor by implication) presumably coachwork was done by other firms.  Göteborg = Gothenburg which is where Volvo is based.

Egyptian MP: Victims of Capsized Migrant Boat ‘Deserve No Sympathy’

Egyptian member of parliament Elhamy Agina has said that the victims of the migrant boat that capsized last week en route to Italy “deserve no sympathy” due to their participation in an illegal activity, Parlmany reported.

A boat carrying as many as 600 migrants capsized off Egypt’s northern shore near Burg Rashid, a village in the Beheira province, just hours after setting sail. According to the country’s health ministry, the death toll has risen to 170, while several of the migrants who were on board remain “missing.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to punish those responsible for the sunken boat, saying that they took advantage of both Egyptian citizens and foreigners. Sisi also called on his government to take steps to support more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for Egyptian youth in order to provide more opportunities for those seeking to emigrate.

Walmart now employs more people in West Virginia than the coal industry

Norfolk Southern GE C44-9W's with an empty coal train in Bluefield, West Virginia

Walmart has been the biggest employer in the state since 1998, but it seems it now employs more people than coal mines collectively.  As well as not being good news for mine workers, it's not good news for the railroads either as they have traditionally hauled the lion's share of the commodity to users.

According to Time magazine:-

"U.S. mines produced about 900 million tons of coal last year, a nearly 25% decline since 2008 and the lowest amount of production since 1986, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The change has come as energy companies have built up their natural gas and renewable capacity. The decline in coal production has led the industry to hemorrhage workers, with 50,000 coal-related jobs lost between 2008 and 2012, according to a study from last year. And that’s just the latest in a downward slope in the industry since the 1980s due to mechanization that displaced human labor. The coal mining industry directly employed more than 140,000 in 1989 and and only 85,000 a decade later, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report."

Air NZ DC-8 cargo plane

For details, see the book The Aircraft of Air New Zealand and Affiliates since 1940 by Paul Sheehan.