Thursday, August 25, 2016

Russia's President Putin wants to be a Middle East peacemaker, says Egypt's President el-Sisi

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive peace talks, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in an interview published on Monday.

Sisi also told state newspaper editors that he believed Israel was increasingly convinced of the need for a peace deal, saying it was a "positive sign".

But Palestinian infighting between Hamas in Gaza and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah in the West Bank remained an obstacle, he added.

Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas have been suspended since 2014, despite a push by Washington and France to resume the peace process.

Sisi, who is seen as having good ties with both Israel and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, has also been pushing for a resumption of negotiations.

"Putin has told me that he is ready to receive both [Abbas] and Netanyahu in Moscow to carry out direct talks to find a solution and solve the issue," Sisi said.

MOB poster, 1937

Here it is anglicized as the Montreux Bernese Oberland, which doesn't exactly give the MOB initials like the Swiss name of Montreux Oberland Bernois (in French, adjectives usually follow the noun).

See earlier posts.

catching the illegals, Mexican/US border

As everyone knows, this is a huge problem now not only for America, but also Europe and Australia. The last has taken a tough stance with its holding camps designed to tell the economic migrants and criminals, "try sneaking in and this is what you'll get."

at the servo, Whitianga, 1979

A mid-1970s Holden HQ Premier with a big speedboat being fueled up and a Ford Escort from about the same vintage at the other pump.

Tuborg tanker in Lyttelton, NZ

But although it's from København or Copenhagen, it wasn't transporting beer.  This Nick Tolerton pic is one of some 300 photos of Product Tankers that are in the big new reference book with this title co-authored by him and Mike Pryce and should be available in about 3 months.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SNCB 25.5 class electrics

A total 8 of these Bo-Bo type were built over 1960-1961, and modified over 1973 - 1974. Unit 2558 was the last of the eight.

"Class 25 was intended as a passenger engine. The main differences to Class 23 were the cables on the roof and the provision of wheelslip detection plus an improved starting system. The Class 25 roof cabling was later applied to all Class 22 and 23 locos as they passed through the works. They were painted dark blue with a yellow band low on the body. Unlike the other 1950's locomotives, Class 25.5's nose and side numbers plus their SNCB logos were in chrome rather than being painted on.

"The Class 25.5 was the first class on SNCB to be modified for push-pull operations followed by Class 25. In 1973 the last eight locomotives of Class 25, 2515-2522, received the dual voltage equipment from locomotives 2239-2250 and a third headlamp. They also had Dutch signalling and train protection fitted. Lastly, they were given push-pull equipment. This let them work into Holland hauling push-pull trains operating the Benelux intercity service between Brussels and Amsterdam. This sub-series was renumbered in order 2551-2558 and named Class 25.5."


Skoda 706 bus and trailer

Apparently, the trailer wasn't made by Skoda but in Poland, perhaps under Skoda license.

steam train crosses the Viaduc de Buech near Sisteron, France

No date but probably pre-WW1. On the line Valence - Die - Veynes-en-Dévoluy - Gap - Briançon

Friday, August 19, 2016

a terrified British motorist is attacked in Calais by a gang of chainsaw-wielding Muslim migrants who hurled concrete boulders at his car

These illegals should be put in concentration camps, ideally in Siberia.

A British motorist is warning tourists to avoid Calais after Muslim migrants wielding chainsaws smashed up his Mercedes and hurled petrol bombs in the road.

Rhys Williams, 53, was approaching the French port in the early hours when migrants from the sprawling jungle camp smashed his windows, causing up to £3,000 of damage.

They ran onto the road brandishing chainsaws and throwing Molotov cocktails at the police and passing traffic in scenes that he said 'resembled a war zone'.

Daily Mail (UK) article and video

French authorities can't continue to tolerate these Muslim criminals.

boats on Lake Geneva at Lausanne, Switzerland, poster, 1964

Ouchy is pronounced 'ooshy'.