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Monday, October 31, 2011

Antique Tractor Pull

we were going to the tractor show at the coliseum on saturday. it wound up like the psychic fair they cancelled awhile back because of unforeseen circumstances. we did not get to go. here is some of what we might have seen had we made it. the antique tractor pull. looks like an old Case to me for the first pic. i used to drive one of these long ago. i found out what they meant by one way while pulling a one way disc plow one time. all was well though after a visit to the blacksmith. second pic looks like an old steel wheeled IHC but not being a tractor expert i could be wrong. the old steel wheeled part is correct. next we have Mr. Johnnie Pop a 2cyl. John Deere. if i was the fat dude i would not stand so close to that chain while the tractor is pulling. good way to lose a body part or two. last two pics are of Garden Tractor pulling. i did not know they did this. looks like something i could vaguely afford.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

miscellaneous armoured ships

first picture is of the central battery aboard HMS Alexandra a Victorian Era Royal Navy armoured ship. next is the French armoured ship DuGuesclin at anchor about 1889. third is the old German armoured vessel SMS Oldenburg another central battery ship. fourth we have HMS Dreadnought first of the modern big gun battleships 1906. and last is the Kriegsmarine Panzerschiff{armoured ship} Admiral Graf Spee probably taken a little pre-WW2. Graf Spee and her sisters were popularly known as pocket battleships as they had an 11" main battery and were armoured. she was famous for her action with 3 Royal Navy cruisers in which she fought all 3 to a standstill. she then went to Montivideo, Uruguay for repairs. upon de-ciphering false Royal Navy messages and thinking there was an aircraft carrier and several heavy ships nearby the Graf Spee was taken out from the harbor into the River Plate and scuttled so as not to be captured by the Royal Navy. her captain Langsdorff then shot himself. parts of her are still there although they have been removing her remains as she is an impediment to navigation.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

the other geared steam locomotives

here are a Willamette{the only operable one}, a Shay and a Climax. look at the Willamette and the Shay both are three truck locomotives with three cylinders. locomotives with two trucks and also with two cylinders were also available. notice the drive shaft on these two brands of locomotives runs on the left side where the engine is and the boiler is offset to the right to accomodate this. the Climax has a different arrangement altogether as you can see in the picture with it's inclined cylinders. this picture also shows the central driveshaft and how it is hooked up to power the trucks. the Climax is most similar to the Heisler.

a V/twin of a different sort.

around the go away garage if you mention a v/twin most folks picture a motorcycle engine of some sort. here is a different sort of v/twin, the Heisler Geared Steam Locomotive. designed by Charles L. Heisler and patented in 1892 Heisler Locomotives were the latest of the geared steam locomotives. the other three were the Shay, the Climax and the Willamette. Shay's had a vertical engine on the left side. Climax's had an inclined cylinder engine with a cylinder on each side of the locomotive and the Willamette was a close copy of the Shay. these engines were designed to run on sharp curves and steep hills with lots of pulling power for their size. altogether about 625 Heislers were built between 1891 and 1941. only about eight of them are still operable. many were scrapped along the way. the engine powered a central driveshaft under the locomotive which in turn was geared to one axle of each truck. these gear powered axles in turn powered the other axle on the truck with side rods on the wheels. the first picture is of a Heisler locomotive belonging to a lumber company. next is a picture of the Heisler 45 degree v/twin engine. third is a picture of the gears and drive shaft under one of the trucks. fourth a Heisler ad. and last another pic of a Heisler locomotive from the front. in the pictures of the locomotives you can see the cylinders on each side of the boiler a little in front of the cab. these geared locomotives with their articulated trucks and gear drive could climb hills and go around curves a standard type of locomotive could only dream of doing. they were, however, slow and very seldom used for any type of main line work except on logging, mining and industrial railroads. even though slow in it's own right, the Heisler was reputed to be faster than the other three types of geared steam locomotive.

Works by A. Hilter

It is amazing how much a failed art student can accomplish.

Happy 40th

Caturday -Riders

October 29th is also National Cat Day the organization that help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

armoured ship Thursday on Friday

for today's armoured ship Thursday i have chosen the Imperial Russian Coastal Battleship Admiral Ushakov. commissioned into the Imperial Navy in February, 1895 Ushakov was the name ship of a class of 3 the other two being General Admiral Graf Apraxine and the Admiral Seniavin. these little battleships were 286ft. 5in. in length and displaced 4,971 long tons. they were powered by two vertical triple expansion steam engines putting out together 5,750 shaft horsepower for a top speed of 16kts. Ushakov had a main armour belt of 4"-10" of compound armour and a protective deck of 3". the newest of the three the Apraxsine used the more modern Harvey armour. the ships had a main battery of four 10" naval rifles except for the Apraxine which only had three, two in the forward turret and one in the after turret. this is correct for the Apraxine and may be correct for the other two as well although i have one book which suggests the main battery on one or more of the others was four 9" naval rifles. in any case their secondary battery was four 4.7" rifles, six 2" and 10 1.5". all three served in the Baltic Fleet from commissioning until October, 1904 when they were sent with the Baltic Fleet to join the Far Eastern Fleet in Vladivostock. these 3 little ships were in the part of the fleet with the oldest and slowest ships. they were sent through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal and joined up with the rest of the fleet{which had gone around the Horn of Africa instead} in Cam Ranh Bay off Vietnam. from here the entire fleet proceeded to it's demise in the Straits of Tsushima between Korea and Japan. being so far in the rear the Ushakov's missed the main battle on May 27, 1905 and Ushakov herself was caught by the Japanese fleet later that evening. if the entire Russian fleet had put up as good a battle as the little Ushakov did perhaps they would not have lost the main battle. Ushakov fought to the very end firing her last shots as she sank with all Imperial Russian battle flags flying. her crew died with her. her two sisters were overtaken by the Japanese next day and from then on served in the Imperial Japanese Navy until being scrapped in 1926 and 1928. the first picture is of course Admiral Ushakov himself the namesake of the first ship of the class. next is a picture of Admiral Ushakov steaming along with the old battleship Imperator Alexander II following in her wake. third is a picture of Ushakov in Kronstadt Harbor, Russia. fourth is a picture of her going down in flames still firing her guns at the Japanese. and last is a picture of the stern of her sister ship General Admiral Seniavin. i put it here as Ushakov would look the same underwater as Seniavin and Apraxine.

Nuther for Buck

Halloween costume

I will be there this evening