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  1. Here we go – Pic 1 – Forth Railway Bridge – happy 130th Birthday! Pic 3 – Isn’t that Zsa Zsa Gabor, darleenks? Pic 6 – Z Cars – I recognise Tom(?) Slater, Joe Brady and James Ellis, can’t place the guy with the curly hair – BD to Z-Victor 2, can you assist? Pic & – Mick Jagger on RSG – I think Bill Wyman in the background (where the bass should be). Pic 9 – American streamliner “Mercury” – an Art Deco wonder.Pic 10 an Albion lorry, don’t know the model but I’m sure the lorry buffs will. Pic 12 – Kiki Dee and Elton John – Don’t Go Breaking my Heart. Pic 15 – Champs Elysées, Paris – 1960S? Pic 17 – Sammy Davis Jnr. – IMHO World’s Most Overrated Entertainer. Pic 19 – Clement Attlee, post-war Labour PM. Pic 20 – The Hollies, 1960s.

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    1. Andi…..I’m pretty sure that’s Zsa Zsa, although all the Gabor sisters looked more or less the same.

      Zsa Zsa is the one who was in the classic film “Queen of Outer Space”

      Eva Gabor:

      Zsa Zsa, Eva, and Magda:

      Zsa Zsa’s mug shot after she slapped an impertinent policeman:

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    2. Andi….I was trying to sort out why there are pictures of two different style streamlined versions of New York Central’s 20th Century Limited (service between New York City and Chicago) — one of which looks like the Mercury Trains the NYC ran in the American Midwest.

      Mercury Train Departing Cleveland:

      20th Century Limited pulling out of LaSalle Street Station in Chicago in 1935 – Locomotive identified as #5344 Commodore Vanderbilt:

      20th Century Limited pulling out of LaSalle Street Station – Locomotive a “Dreyfuss” streamlined New York Central Hudson Locomotive:

      There were apparently in fact THREE different streamlined designs of the New York Central Hudson locomotives.

      Wiki: The Hudsons were of excellent quality. In response to the styling sensation of the new diesel-powered Zephyr streamliner, Locomotive No. 5344 (the last J-1e) was fitted with an Art Deco streamlined shroud designed by Carl F. Kantola and was named Commodore Vanderbilt on December 27, 1934. The streamlining was later replaced to match the last ten J-3a locomotives (5445-5454) that had been built with streamlining designed by Henry Dreyfuss. Two more J-3a locomotives (5426 & 5429) had a 3rd streamlining style fitted in 1941 for Empire State Express service. The streamlined locomotives featured prominently on NYC advertising.

      Dreyfuss Hudson advertising poster:

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            1. Tris…..That’s Art Deco styling I’d say.

              The New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad (the “Pensy”) competed fiercely with luxurious extra fare trains on the New York City-Chicago route. The New York Central ran the “20th Century Limited” on the “Water Level Route” along the Great Lakes. You boarded on a red carpet. Men received a carnation for their lapel, and the women received perfume and flowers.


              The Pensy ran the “Broadway Limited” through the mountain route west of Philadelphia.


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                1. Tris……By the 1970’s jet air travel and motorcars had taken over the long distances that are traversed on the American continent. New York to San Francisco is over 3 days by train, but about 6 hours by air. Even the New York to Chicago run in the days of the streamlined high speed locomotives was never less than about 16 hours. So by the 70’s, except for rail travel along the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington corridor, all of the railroads were losing money on their passenger trains. So passenger service everywhere in the country was nationalized……sort of…….into a “quasi-public corporation” that receives both federal and state subsidies. “Amtrak” still loses money on average, except in the densely populated and heavily traveled Eastern corridor, but it doesn’t threaten the economic well being of the private companies who make money moving freight, and maintain the tracks on which Amtrak runs.

                  So now we have Amtrak and the luxurious old passenger trains are gone, except for the routes themselves and some of the iconic old names. It’s ironic that PRIVATIZING the trains seems to have brought down the level of quality in British rail service, while NATIONALIZING the trains brought down the level of service (compared with the posh old extra fare trains at least) in American rail service. In most of the country outside of the Eastern corridor, (such as in the Midwest and West that I’m familiar with,) for most people, the idea of riding a train seems like something from another age. But occasionally, people will take a ride on Amtrak, just for the unknown experience of riding a train.

                  Senator Joe Biden famously commuted to Washington from his home in Delaware every day, and was reportedly on a first name basis with the “regulars.” After Donald Trump was inaugurated, the former VP took a nostalgic ride on Amtrak home.




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                  1. Yes, I can see how a three day journey becoming a 6 hour journey would be appealing. LOL. The distances in the USA are well beyond easy train travel. Even the farthest EU destination (at least on the mainland) is around 3 hours from Dublin, the most westerly capital.

                    The state of UK trains is plain awful, but in fairness, it’s not privatisation, but the manner in which it was done, that has lead the Uk to have without a doubt, the worst train service in all of Europe. I ridden better trains in Albania.

                    SNCF in France is partially privatised, but sensibly (for such a vital service, even in a relatively large European country), the government has retained a majority shareholding, as it has with gas and electricity.

                    Of course the French were lucky to have a president with a bit of foresight in Mitterrand, who came from a railway family.

                    His building of a network of thousands and thousands of kms of high speed track joining every part of France (and indeed into England and Switzerland… possibly Italy, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg too, I don’t know) was visionary.

                    The Brits are still trying to build their second high speed line. So far it is costing more than the crown jewels and they’ve not even laid a rail. Expect it to be up and running by 3000, and have cost a couple of trillion pounds, by which time we’ll all be beaming up with Scotty at the controls.

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                    1. Tris…..LOL…..Interesting! Teleportation may be the most reasonable answer. 😉

                      It seems like there should be some American routes, even outside of the Eastern corridor, that would have the ridership that could support high speed rail. Obviously, L.A. to San Francisco springs to mind. People have been talking about high speed rail in California (and other populous intra-state routes) for years. There may even be a long term California plan of some sort. But it’s usually cheaper and faster to enlarge airports and expand air service, than it is to buy long rights of way and undertake the enormous cost and endless time to build modern railway infrastructure.

                      And even then there are distances to consider. LA to SF is about 400 miles, which is more than the distances between most UK cities. I see that Aberdeen to London is about 550 miles, but since it would make sense to extend California rail on the South to San Diego, you are at 500 miles anyway. And California is a lot bigger than that of course. It’s 770 miles north to south. Only Alaska and Texas are bigger in maximum distances and total land area. So even with the most obvious single state example, it becomes a matter of distance. There are air shuttles between SF and LA, and even that takes one and a half hours flight time.

                      It’s historically interesting to think about the fact that during much of the first century of American history, there was no really practical way to get to California from the East. It took a wagon and oxen roughly five to six months to make the trip west from Kansas City or Omaha, across the Great Plains, the desert regions, and the mountain ranges. Even after there was a usable trail for the horse drawn Overland Stagecoach, it took almost a month under favorable conditions. The only other option was a 7 month trip by sea around South America, or a shorter sea voyage, which involved a trek through the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama.

                      So the really BIG deal about the building of the transcontinental railroad was that there was finally a practical way to get to California. 😉

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                    2. Danny: The distances in the US are enormous by comparison with the UK. And still it takes probably around 7 to 8 hours to get from Aberdeen to London.

                      Always assuming that there isn’t a hold up or break down or some other miserable event to throw everything off.

                      I don’t travel much by rail (it’s horrifically expensive… around twice the cost of similar journeys on the continent), but when I do, most of the journeys have delays of some sort.

                      And they aren’t necessarily short delays.

                      It makes journeys with connections hard to plan. A few years ago I went to Paris on the train. I purposely didn’t book a London-Paris train as a direct connection from my Dundee-London train. However, there was no delay and I was left hanging around London for 4 hours.

                      On the way back, however, the London-Dundee train was delayed by 2 hours, due to a problem with the tracks.

                      Imagine the kind of delays you could have on the train journey if you were travelling from New York to Los Angeles … at least if the Brits were running the service!

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                    3. Tris…..Your comment brought to mind the kind of delays people complain about on Amtrak. On some of its routes, the Amtrak trains experiences delays caused by freight trains, which have priority clearance on the tracks. One reason for this seems to be that in many cases, the freight trains are more than 100 cars long, which is sometimes longer than the sidings they might be diverted to if the Amtrak passenger trains had priority. I talked to a man who took Amtrak across Missouri from Kansas City to St. Louis (about 250 miles,) and he said it took an entire day to make the trip.

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      1. Danny, these are incredible locomotives. Just in case you think they were the most beautiful I’d hand you a ‘Streak’. Sir Nigel Gresley’s masterpiece.

        This was the class that were the fastest steam trains ever.

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              1. Douglas and Andi…..The need for speed was a prime consideration on the New York-Chicago run and other New York Central passenger service in the East and Midwest. They needed locomotives that delivered their power at high speed, but they were not very good at slow speeds. I read someplace that early Mercury locomotives needed the help of a pusher engine to get the train going.

                This is interesting I think:

                Wiki: “The … drivers sported centers painted in aluminum with a black band separating the aluminum discs from the aluminum rim and tire. Dreyfuss had installed three 50-watt and two 15-watt lamps under the cowling on either side to illuminate the drivers and rods. The effect at night was most striking.”
                “The lights illuminating the driving wheels was a novel concept and purported to be the first of their kind. The Mercury trains also incorporated roller bearings on their axles, which helped them reach their speed limit of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), but also made them harder to stop. Although in service the speed would be restricted to 80 mph, it was reported that the train’s top speed was over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).”


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          1. Danny & Douglas,
            The American streamliners were wonderful but Douglas is right that Gresley’s A4 Pacifics were both beautiful and fast – Mallard still holds the world speed record for a steam train – 126mph. The heyday of the Gresley Pacifics was the 1930s but they ran for decades after that. I remember seeing Union of South Africa, N0. 60009, quite often at the BREL Works in Springburn, Glasgow. I even got to stand on her footplate there during an open day. Gresley’s streamliners weren’t Britain’s only ones. The LMS (London Midland Scottish) had their wonderful Coronation class and Southern Railway had 3 streamliner classes – Merchant Navy class, Battle of Britain class and West Country class – splendid locos but not nearly as good-looking as the Gresley’s or the Coronations.

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            1. It occurs, Andy, that the people who were responsible for these high speed railways must look at the mess that is the UK’s railways today and think… what happened?

              126 mph? LOL LOL LOL…

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        1. John…..I think so too! I was amazed to learn about the various streamlined steam locomotives that started showing up in the 1930’s. The Dreyfus Hudsons featured prominently in New York Central’s advertising for its great passenger trains. Henry Dreyfus was an industrial designer who is also responsible for all sorts of household items that became iconic in American life. His Wiki article is interesting I think.

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  2. Help for andimac
    Pic 2 my Dads old car that he dumped somewhere nice
    Pic 8 No idea
    Pic 11 No idea. Dont know where green buses were either!

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        1. Ah! buses.
          Pic 11 shows two Aberdeen Daimler double-deckers from a decade apart.

          291 was a ‘traditional’ 1961 CVG6 with front engine, half-cab, open rear platform and seating for 66. It cost £5,400 new and was withdrawn in 1979.

          132 was from a batch of ‘Jumbo’ Fleetlines introduced to convert the Bridges route to one-man-operation (OMO) in 1971. These vehicles were (at least in theory) much more advanced, being 33ft long with dual-doors & seating for 80. They cost £9,800 new when they looked very impressive in their green and cream livery.

          However the latter were withdrawn after only 10 years in service. The downside was that the combination of length and weight distribution meant the bodywork was prone to structural problems (flexing) & they were also said to be under-powered.

          As a result they were sold off early , often to be used elsewhere on less demanding school duties where their carrying capacity was useful. So much for progress.

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      1. It’s in the Castlegate which is now pedestrianised. The Sally Army citadel in the background.

        The #2 Auchinyell was my route. Relatives from the US back in the 50’s couldn’t pronounce Auchinyell so they asked for a ticket to the Go-to-hell road!

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          1. It wasn’t then but it is now. The cooncil have built on every bit of green space. The fields down to the riverbank were an adventure for us kids but it’s now a university campus.

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    1. Kangaroo: That’s VERY helpful. Thank you! 🙂

      Seeing as you’re in a helpful frame of mind, do you know where I left my car keys?


      1. I’ve been on a 4 day cruise on the Spectrum of the Seas. The cruise company have put on three cruises for the firefighters. Was really good, I would recommend them if your after a “good time”

        I think you left the keys inside the car in pic 2

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        1. Really happy that you got a break after all the hard work you put in this summer. 100% well done to the cruise company.

          I hope you had a great time.


        1. One of the buses has a destination ‘Mastrick’.

          This is not Maastricht. You get buses for Maastricht from Brussels at the halt on one side of The Bourse.

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    2. Pic 11 is Castle gate in Aberdeen probably early/mid 1970s. The 2 bus travelled between Castle Street and Auchinyell where it became the 1 and travelled from Garthdee via Castle Street to Bridge of Don. The 23 went from Northfield to Mastrick where it because the 22 which went from Mastrick to Northfield.
      The building in the background is the Salvation Army citadel and behind the 23 was a charity shop run by a woman who wore those weird specs that looked like wings.
      Is the station in the earlier picture in Easter Ross?


  3. Seeing the ident for Granada reminds me of the various idents of the regional companies that were part of the ITV network. It gave you a bit of warning that the programmes were starting. Here is a compilation of them;

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      1. That second one was great. I loved Peter Cadbury’s accent!

        And the long ad for Westward TV (Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Devon) was fantastic.

        Really enjoyed it.


      2. TVS took over the franchise that Southern TV held until 1981. It was based at Southampton. It itself lost out to Meridian TV who took over the franchise at the start of the new year on 1993. That was the day that say the demise of Thames TV, TSW and TVAM.

        This was the end of Thames and the start of Carlton which then went on to kill the ITV network – some videos

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        1. Thanks, Marcia. I didn’t even know that they had been taken over, not being a tv watcher. I remember making an ass of myself when I talked to a mate about something on Grampian tv and they told me that it hadn’t existed for years.


  4. 13 Is Graham Crowden and Stephanie Cole. Graham lived in Stockbridge and I knew him slightly, one of these actors whose screen persona is exactly the same in real life.

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    1. His character in Waiting for God (the only thing I’ve seen him in) is really appealing. You feel like you would automatically like him.


      1. I was working at the Usher Hall when he came backstage to see somebody. A colleague commented “It’s himself”.
        Watch the first series of “A Very Peculiar Practice” where he plays Dr Jock. The second series is not as good.

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  5. No 2

    Farmer Hugh’s car

    It was rusted it was busted,
    This old car couldn’t travel far
    But its true the Farmer Hugh
    Had many a ride in that old car.

    Matt McGinn

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  6. This sort of thread is why I love Munguins New Republic.

    You are the best of people.


    I would like to write a post here about the Skelpies. Who may be mythical or real.

    What say you trispw?

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  7. I believe pic 7 is from the last ever episode of RSG (“Ready Steady Goes”) recorded on Dec 23rd 1966, when the programme featured cameos from many of the artists who had appeared during it’s all too-short life.
    Mick dueted with Chris Farlowe on ‘Out of time’ which of course he co-wrote with Keef (aka the Glimmer Twins).
    My all time favourite memory was of the Righteous Brothers performng (well, probably miming) the greatest pop song of all time, You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.
    That intro still causes goose-bumps.
    Oh to be young again.

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  8. No. 2 looks a bit like Camas Luinie in Wester Ross at the end of the road which runs up the west side of Loch Long from Dornie. When I was last there years ago it had a couple of fields full of ancient horse-drawn carriages, cars, vans, tractors and agricultural machinery spanning at least 60 years. We knew it as the West Highland Transport Museum. The icing on the cake was in a passing place near the end of the road, where an old road roller had been left and had slowly sunk under its own weight through the tarmac to a depth of about 2 ft, but may have disappeared entirely into the underlying peat by now.

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      1. Tris……The ghost town of Bodie is a California state historical site. Ghost town it may be, but it gets about 200,000 visitors every year. It’s high up on the eastern slopes of the high Sierra near the Nevada border.

        OMG…..the things you find on Munguin’s NR!! I just realized that Bodie is the ghost town where, in the early 1970’s, Alistair Cooke filmed the opening sequence of the “Gone West” episode of his great TV series “America.”

        This is the whole (magnificent) episode, but the Bodie sequence is right at the beginning. The first two minutes are filmed at Bodie.

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        1. PS: If the Gone West video doesn’t start at the very first, just move the slide all the way back to the left. The Bodie sequence is the very first couple of minutes.

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        2. Amazing place, Danny.

          Hard to imagine the hardships these immigrants had to put up with. I don’t fancy living in that cave of Mr Boon.

          I’ll watch the rest of this later.

          Thanks for posting it.

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          1. Tris….I first saw the series when it reran in the States about 20 years ago. It had first played in the UK and the USA back in 1972. “Gone West” was my favorite episode, and one summer I retraced in my car his 2000 mile route along the old wagon trail west. I thought that opening sequence in the ghost town was great. But until just now, I had no idea where the ghost town was. Amazing what you learn on Munguin’s Republic. 😉

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              1. I found the spot where in that episode he showed some deep wagon ruts in the trail in eastern Wyoming. This is where he stood and filmed. You can see the old wagon trail for a couple of hundred yards there. It’s a National Historic Landmark.

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  9. Similar story from Caithness at the turnoff to Thurso from Latheron,at the car park there’s the top of a crane jib, the crane sunk into the mossy area overnight.

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