This 1/3rd scale Pacific was built by MacDermot in Oakland for the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco. The 1915 was never used, but was preserved, and remains on display in the California State Railroad Museum.  She has operating sisters, 1912, 1913, 1914 that are at the Swanton Pacific Railroad. 

History of the railroad HERE

Benjamin O. Davis Sr. became the first black U.S. Army General on this date, October 25, 1940. Davis was born July 1, 1877 in Washington, D.C. He attended Howard University and then started his military service as a volunteer during the Spanish-American War in 1898. He became a second lieutenant in 1901. Davis and his family faced a lot of racism, having to move more than most families in the Army due to the fact that his superiors were not in agreement with Davis commanding white troops or mixing with white officers. In 1915, Davis, pictured, became a professor of Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University, Ohio. He was then promoted to brigadier general in 1940. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. His son, Benjamin O. Davis Jr, later followed his footsteps and became the first black general in the United States Air Force. 

Image: NYPL Digital Collections

We fully regard civil wars, i.e., wars waged by the oppressed class against the oppressing class, slaves against slave-owners, serfs against land-owners, and wage-workers against the bourgeoisie, as legitimate, progressive and necessary.
—  Lenin, Socialism and War (1915)

A well equipped section of Irish Volunteers from the 4th Battalion Dublin Brigade taken in September 1915 when they were commanded by Eamonn Ceannt. Most of they all appear to be wearing the offical pattern uniform except that some have the darker green shoulder straps and pointed cuffs on their tunics whilst others thetunic, shoulder strapps and cuffs are all the one colour. They all seen to have bought the same type of rifle and equipment. However even in this well turned out group there is variation. The first volunteer back row standing on the left weard a Dublin Brigade FF-Drong Atha Cliath cap badge. The man standing beside him simply wears a uniform button in place of a badge on his cap and five of the men have no cap badge at all.


you don’t have to have read the book

you don’t have to like all 13 dwarves

you don’t even have to know all their names

you don’t have to speak fluent Sindarin or know who Morgoth is or know what year Tolkien finished his studies at Exeter or even understand that the Necromancer is Sauron



elrond says ignore everyone who says otherwise ok and who can argue with that forehead


Lest We Forget

April 25 - ANZAC Day

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For those of you who don’t live in the Land Down Under, ANZAC Day is perhaps one of the most important days in the Aussie and New Zealand calander - if not, the most important day. It marks the day our troops arrived on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. But it is so much more than that. It is the day that we honour all the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, and continue to do so. As one, we mourn the losses of those who died, give thanks for those who returned home, show our support for those who continue to struggle with the memories day after day, and celebrate the freedom their sacrifices have given us.  

We are a country that prides itself on our ability to laugh at everything - even ourselves. We pull through disasters together, and enjoy the good times as a team. We have a strong sense of mateship which is in my biased opinion unparalleled by any other nation on this Earth. I am proud to be an Australian; and I am so very grateful to our ANZACS for giving up all they have so my country could be what it is today. True, it has it’s flaws like drop bears and politicians but it is still an amazing, incredible place to live. Thank you. 


April Fools Day: World War 1 - 1915.

On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”