Blackpool is the Mecca of awesome trams, operating since 1885, and one of the only places where you can ride double-decker trolleys besides Hong Kong and Alexandria. If you’re stuck on my side of the pond you can ride an open-boat tram from Blackpool in San Francisco on the F line.
[Terry Pinnegar on Flickr]
A little off topic but I just love a workin’ truck. Labeled “Pickle”.
Possibly more Mad Max 4 vehicles?
“Cannibal Harvester” by Shaggadelic
I love this first and foremost because it is done in the style of old model car boxes. Also, it has a combine rotary thresher, and I’m a big fan of the publication “300 things you can make from a combine or schoolbus” because they cost $1500 and come with hydrostatic diesels, hoses, splitters, levers, and motors, and can be fitted with a variety of common remote-control and gps-guided systems, so it’s basically a giant robot in a box. Thirdly, there’s a lack of good off-road hearse treatments but this one has it all, including gore-intake vents, a megaphone, cannon, machine gun, fold-down window hatch, and extended fuel range.
If you really want to be disappointed in the Pious hybrid car (the R is silent), check out the 1900 Lohner-Porsche electric. Available in 2WD or 4WD with hub motors. Available in full electric or hybrid gasoline, but they didn’t call it that then, they called it “dual drive”. In 1906, Ferdinand Porsche was snapped up by Daimler-Benz as chief designer, and left Lohner coachworks for good. Jacob Lohner said, at the time: ‘He is very young, but is a man with a big career before him. You will hear of him again.’
1900 Lohner-Porsche. Amazing! This is what I would describe as a “phaeton” when the term is applied to a self-propelled vehicle.
Produced from 1898 to 1906.
4-wheel-drive with four electric hub motors. They also made gasoline-electric hybrids. You’ve come a long way baby!