Website News

New Content

  • Over the past 30 days we’ve added a total of 84 locomotives to the website and database which were previously unknown to us. These are mostly “park locomotives”, but include several full-sized locomotives as well.
  • We’ve corrected the listings for 212 locomotives, adding details, correcting  technical details or changing the locomotives location to reflect current reality.
  • We’ve added over 1000 new satellite images/maps to the site, mostly in Canada and the United States. When we finish reviewing our information for these two countries we’ll move on to adding images/maps elsewhere.
  • We’ve added photos for over 100 additional locomotives in the past 30 days

New Features

We’ve created a new category and status called ‘Lost Locomotives’. These are locomotives which were known to exist in the recent past, have not been reported scrapped and whose location is currently unknown. You can see a list of these locomotives at:

If you visit the information page for one of these locomotives, you’ll see this icon. Click it and you’ll get a little window with a summary of what we know about the locomotive’s location, history and sometimes ownershiop.




Editorial Policy

Judging from the email that I receive, a brief explanation of some of the editorial policies we follow at may be in order. Often we receive email questioning differences between Wes Barris’ and our site. In some cases, Wes is more up to date than we are, in others we’re a bit ahead of him. We communicate often in hopes of keeping these differences to a minimum. Other differences result from differences in policies. To explain:

  • lists “Tender Only” as a locomotive. In other words, if only the tender from a locomotive exists, it will be listed on as a locomotive. We don’t do that.
  • (our site) does NOT list gas/mechanical or diesel mechanical steam outline locomotives unless, all or part of the locomotve was actually a steam locomotive at one time. If a steam locomotive has been dieselized, or become gasoline powered then we list it  If you’re looking for steam outline locomotives like these Wes lists a number of them at
  • We do NOT list steam locomotives with gauges less than 12″
  • Buried locomotives. We will not list a reported “buried” locomotive unless we have solid evidence that the locomotive is/was buried in the reported location and that it still exists.
  • Sunk locomotives. Treated the same as buried locomotives.


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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Website


Chinese Narrow Gauge in Wales!

Beijing Capital Steel & Chemical 0-8-0 No. 4 “Dahuichang” has found a new home on the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, UK. uk1620

Photo Copyright © Steve Frost

This locomotive was built in 1988 by the Harbin Locomotive Works as a C2 Class 0-8-0. The locomotive was imported into the UK in 2007 from China where it worked on a 2 km long line linking the works with a limestone quarry. The locomotive was initially stored at the Ffestiniog’s Boston Lodge Works.

A rebuild was begun in 2013 with the aim of returning the locomotive to service. It would be necessary to re-gauge the locomotive as there are no 750mm gauge lines in the UK. The frame is being narrowed and the wheels regauged to run on the Ffestiniog’s 1 foot 11 3/4″ trackage.

In April of 2017 the restoration was at a halfway point. It is hoped that restoration will progress to the point where the locomotive can be displayed at the Ffestiniog’s Railway Quirks & Curiosities II Gala at the end of April.


A Newly Discovered Alco!

Engine 1 Medellin 2017-06-26-1 Tom GearsTom Gears, a frequent visitor to our site and a moderator of Railway Preservation News ( discovered a 1909 Alco that was not in our database, nor on our website. He was kind enough to provide us with details of the locomotive and several excellent photographs and it has since been added to our site. It is located in Medellin, Columbia in Cisneros Plaza across from the former Medellin Railway Station. Our page for this locomotive is


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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives


11,000 Locomotives. Imagine That.

With the addition of a photo of NIS 0-6-0T No. 107, shown below, we passed a milestone. We now have photos of 11,000 different steam locomotives throughout the world.

Copyright © Alqhaderi Aliffianiko

When appeared in its present form, on September 1st, 2002, we had about 800 photos and 1350 locomotives in our database. We’ve clearly grown some, since then. I enjoy these silly, self-imposed milestones as they make me feel as though I am accomplishing something. What, I’m not sure. But something.

In any case, thanks for visiting and we hope you’ll still be visiting when me make it to 12,000.

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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Website


Using Our Map Displays

Currently, something more than 800 of the locomotives in our database (and hence on our website) have maps, showing their location, complete with a satellite image. More of these maps are being added daily. So for those of you who haven’t encountered one, I thought I’d write this to explain a little about these maps.

First of all, how do you find these maps? Well there’s a special symbol in the locomotive’s display page that tells you that there’s a map for this particular locomotive. In the image of the 261 display page below, you’ll see a world globe in the upper right. This means that there’s a map available for the locomotive.


Clicking on the globe in the locomotive display will generate a map display that has a number of features. The display for Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 is shown below:


The green marker in the middle of the map points to the location of the locomotive, or to a spot very near to it. In this case the marker points to the entrance door of the building in which 261 is kept, at Harrison Street. There are a number of icons on the map display that do various things. We’ll explain these below:


The zoom control is circled in red on the map above. Clicking on the + symbol will zoom in and on the – symbol will zoom out. You can also control zooming with the wheel control on your computer’s mouse.


The little yellow icon circled in red on the right side of this map is the “Street View” icon. If you click your left mouse button and hold it down while pointing to this icon you can drag it anywhere on the screen, Releasing the mouse button will drop the icon onto the map and the display will change to a street view of the area. When you drag the Street View icon you’ll see blue lines appear on the roads in your map. These lines signify where the Steet View photographic car drove. If you drop the icon on one of these blue lines you’ll get excellent images from street level.


The image above was created by dragging the Street View icon onto the map at Spring Street. You can return to the overhead view of the locomotive location by clicking on the left pointing arrow in the upper left corner of the image.


In this view the “Overhead” icon is circled. If you look at the image above we’re looking at the 261 engine house at an angle from the south. Clicking the overhead icon will give you a view looking straight down from above the marker. Clicking it again will return to this view. This icon doesn’t always appear. It’s only there if Google Maps has the necessary information to do the display. Here’s what the overhead view looks like:


In the image below, the “Rotate” icon is circled. If this icon appears then Google Maps has the information to show you a very interesting view of the location. Each time you click the Rotate icon the map will rotate 90 degrees. I hope this basic information has proved useful. Any questions about this feature can be directed to



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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Website


Another Confusing Numbering

A 760mm gauge 0-6-0T has been displayed at the train station in Zrece, Slovenia since it was withdrawn from service at the Jesenice Steelworks in Zrece. Interestingly, it is numbered as the 23rd locomotive in the 71 class (71-023). There were only 22 locomotives in this class, and the numbering, I suppose, was intended to make it look more appropriate to the locomotive in which it was to be displayed. Nonetheless, it is a pretty cosmetic restoration, as shown below:


By Ajznponar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (, via Wikimedia Commons

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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives


Calico & Odessa RR No. 5


Photo by Bobjgalindo from Wikimedia Commons (GFDL)

Was pleased to discover this photo of the Calico & Odessa RR 0-4-0T No. 5 taken by Robert J. Galindo in 2005. Details accompanying the photo indicate that it is an actual steam locomotive, 30″ gauge, originally used in the silver mining operation in Calico, CA. It has been motorized, and its builder and construction number are not known. Anyone who has further details of this locomotive can email

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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Interesting Locomotives