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Buses Post Card1640 viewsIn the proper coloursPrefect
New Barrakka Lift1613 viewsCourtesy of Malta Buses. More here.Prefect
Ken Stubbs, Bunty Stubbs, Margaret Gamble, Paddy Gamble, Malta 19521298 viewsThe car is possibly a Riley ?4 commentsdfss
Fallen Star944 views29 July 1955.
©Jane Banks
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Peter and Charmaine ©918 viewsWhile doing the midday sun thing last year at Mgarr, we (Grahame Cain & I) came across what looked like a fully rigged luzzu. Being nosy I climbed aboard uninvited for a closer look. Peter emerged from the shade beneath and we spent an hour grilling him (no hat either). When he was fully baked we let him get back to his painting. He writes….(see comments below)….1 commentsMartin Powell
Amerigo Vespucci 1959904 views©Liz MardelPrefect
Kingsgate Terminus871 viewsAfter Kingsgate had been desecrated into Citygate.
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Old Zabbar Bus 2522 Back in Service738 viewsTimes of Malta.
As she was.
Imperial Eagle721 viewsFormerly Crested Eagle. Gozo Ferry 1958 - 1968.
After a period of lay up and vandalism in Grand Harbour, she was laid to rest as a diving wreck off Qawra Point in 1999.
Imperial Eagle 1970s699 viewsHer glory days past, having been displaced from the Marfa - Mgarr route by a Ro-Ro, she took over the freight route from Valletta from the Queen of Peace before eventually being laid up.16 commentsPrefect
Oh Dear!686 viewsThe Star of Malta being salvaged from the reef off Dragonara Point. July 1955.
Video Clip
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Wreck of the Bancinu681 viewsGozo Ferry 1950 -1957
Broke her moorings at Mgarr in a gale and was salvaged by RFA Uplifter.
My then boyfriend Joe's car, not very affectionately known as 'the orange Anglia"!665 views©5 commentsOldBat
Notary Zarb Street Attard 1928645 viewsThe Valletta-Rabat road about to be asphalted.
Villa Refalo (background) in 1962 became the restaurant Villa Corinthia which then expanded into the Corinthia Palace Hotel, and then went global.
Ooops!636 viewsSliema Creek c19552 commentsPrefect
Steam Ferry leaving Senglea632 viewsDockyard Terrace and Sheer Bastion at right.
Before 1927 when the sheerlegs were removed.
Charmaine runnning goose-winged ©626 viewsDo the Maltese (or Gozitans) have a word for it? Peter continues below....1 commentsMartin Powell
Viscount (G-AMNY) at Luqa, 5 Jan 1960.624 viewsPlease remain in your seat until the aircraft has come to a complete stop.
Information from Viscount Network
The Viscount was taxiing along the runway after landing when a hydraulic system pressure loss occurred. Wheel brakes and nosewheel steering were inoperative and the plane left the runway, rolling down an area of downslope. Because of the hydraulic system pressure loss an attempt by the pilot to raise the gear failed. The aircraft crashed into the control tower. Investigation revealed a fractured pipe line and faulty operation of a non-return valve intended to conserve pressure if there was a break in the main hydraulic system.
The cockpit and nose was badly crushed and the fuselage broke open forward of the wing leading edge. All 5 crew and 46 passengers escaped without serious injury.
The radio equipment was stolen while the aircraft was stored awaiting disposal.
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Magirus-Deutz617 viewsWhen did the green rooflights disappear?

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Scammell Scarab ©613 viewsMobile Post Office Valletta 2012
Restoration Project
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Troll c1960602 viewsWith Sea Giant.
© Rex Cooper.
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Melita Land at Mgarr598 viewsIn service 1974 - 1991.Prefect
Dghajsa tal Latini594 viewsGozo Boats at Mgarr.
So called because of their Lateen rig. Survived (with diesel engines) up to the sixties.
The last one is being restored at Mgarr.
Read all about it
Types of Maltese Boats
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Malta Express591 viewsEntered service 1976. The bean counters have taken control of ship design & naming!Prefect
Star of Malta 1961 ©589 views In 1952 she was sold to Maltese owner, Paul M. Laferla, who operated her thrice weekly as the passenger ferry Star of Malta between Malta and Syracuse.
Full History
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Malta Railway 575 viewsArtwork by Edgar Vella.
The original timber viaduct was insisted upon by the War Office, to allow them to quickly remove the breach in the fortifications. Later rebuilt in stone.
Tilley (Bedford Utilicon)569 viewsMac
Reminiscent of the School Transport driven by Benny Cassar who is on the left in THIS PHOTO
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Star of Malta568 viewsAground on Mercanti Reef off St Julian's Bay July 1955.
See Also
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New Barrakka Lift557 viewsCourtesy of Malta Buses. More here.Prefect
Super Constellation & Triumph Herald544 viewsThe aircraft was confiscated for arms smuggling in 1965 and later turned into a restaurant.
The car was probably assembled in Malta.
Star of Malta July 1955538 viewsFull story here.Prefect
Troopship Empire Halladale537 viewsBuilt 1921 in Hamburg as the ANTONIO DELFINO for the Hamburg South America Line, 13,589 gross tons, twin screw, speed 13 knots with accommodation for 184-1st, 334-2nd and 1,368-3rd class passengers. May 1945 taken over by British forces at Copenhagen and refitted as a troopship. Nov.1945 allocated to the Ministry of War Transport, managed by Anchor Line and renamed EMPIRE HALLADALE. Oct.1955 laid up and 1956 sold for scrapping at Dalmuir.3 commentsPrefect
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