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Comments and posts about the nature, features and contents of the www.steamlocomotive.info website

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: http://steamlocomotive.info/lostlocomotives.cfm

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 steamlocomotive.info may be in order. Often we receive email questioning differences between Wes Barris’ steamlocomotive.com 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:

  • steamlocomotive.com lists “Tender Only” as a locomotive. In other words, if only the tender from a locomotive exists, it will be listed on steamlocomotive.com as a locomotive. We don’t do that.
  • steamlocomotive.info (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 http://steamlocomotive.com
  • 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

 

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.

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Copyright © Alqhaderi Aliffianiko

When steamlocomotive.info 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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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 info@steamlocomotive.info.

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Regards,
Doug

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Website

 

Site Improvement

Since September of 2002 when the website first appeared on the internet, there’s been a little beige colored panel on the front page of the site that provided statistics about the contents of the website. And since September of 2002, the numbers displayed didn’t add up. Overnight I fixed that. Here’s what the little statistics panel looks like now.

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Before today, the top line of the panel didn’t exist and the first line said Total Locomotives instead of Existing Locomotives. The problem with this, of course, was that if you added Locomotives with Photos and Locomotives Without Photos, you came up with a number larger than what we displayed as Total Locomotives. This was because we subtracted scrapped locomotives from the total. Changing a few definitions gave us a set of statistics that added up correctly. And hopefully is a bit more self explanatory.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Website

 

Updates to the Database

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Website

 

Changes to Steamlocomotive.info

We’ve made a few changes to the website that are worth noting (and many more are coming).

  • Where a country’s locomotives are divided by state, province or region, the page that displays a single locomotive will no display location as City, State, Country rather than just City, State. This was based on visitor feedback to the effect that people often didn’t know what country a particular state was located.
  • Even if a locomotive was flagged as “Scrapped” in the Status field, it was still counted as a locomotive for the purpose of the database and statistics, even though it no longer existed. So we’ve modified the routine that counts locomotives (globally, nationally, or by region) to count the number of scrapped locomotives in that region and subtract that number from the number of locomotives in that region. Scrapped locomotives are still in the database (and often have photos!). They simply aren’t counted as an existing locomotive anymore.
  • Fixed a bug in the page that displays Chinese provinces that would, under some circumstances, distort the page formatting.
  • On the front page of the website there’s a table that displays, among other things, the number of locomotives with photos, the number without, the number of photo albums and so forth. We added a couple of lines to this part of the display to include Total Locomotives (this is all the locomotives in the database minus the number of scrapped locomotives.), and Scrapped Locomotives. You may notice that if you add the number of locomotives with photos and the number of locomotives without photos, the number will be larger than the Total Locomotives number. That’s because we have photographs of some of the scrapped locomotives.

I hope you will enjoy the changes. Many more are coming.

Regards,
Doug

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Website

 

Hanomag 0-4-0T in Brazil

Horst Wolff, a frequent contributor to steamlocomotive.info provided this photo of Batalhao Ferroviario No. 3 a Hanomag 0-4-0T located in Rio Negro, Parana, Brazil. It is obviously being well cared for on display, but it did call my attention to a problem with the website. If you follow this link you’ll see that the location listed as Rio Negro, Parana. If you weren’t aware that Parana is a state in Brazil, you’d likely not know what country the locomotive was in. This came about because the database was originally designed for the U.S. only and under that assumption, displaying just the city and state seemed reasonable. So…the code is being modified and shortly it’ll display City, State and Country for those countries where we divide the data by state or province.

Copyright © Horst Wolff

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Interesting Locomotives, Website