Jul 182012

EMD SW1500

Type: Diesel Locomotive

Manufacturer: General Motors, Electro-Motive Division (EMD)

Model: SW1500

Weight: 248,000lbs / 112,000 kg

Engine: 2 stroke diesel

Top Speed: 60mph

Power Output: 1,500 hp (1,119 kW)

Production Run: June 1966 – January 1974

Number Produced: 808

Comments: It is amazing how well these and other locomotives hold up over the years.  Progressive Rails Inc. #36 runs though my town several times a day and I always assumed that it was brand new.  Turns out it was made in 1966!  I am a 1973 model and do not  run quite so well!

May 082012

Two guys firing a punt gun on land

Manufacturer:  Many manufacturers, many homemade.

Years Active: 19th-20th centuries.  Some sporting use in 21st.

Type: Extremely large breech-loaded  shotgun.

Length: Around 10 feet long.

Bore: 50 mm or greater.

Use: Rapid harvesting of large flocks of water fowl for commercial consumption.  Could kill 50 or more birds at a shot.

Ammunition:  Special paper or brass cartridges.  Some containing a pound of shot!

Legalilty:  Not legal for hunting in the US.  Bore size limited in the UK.

Trivia:  The name punt comes from the flat bottomed boats these guns were often fired from.

Punt gun fried from punt