The links and images that appear on this page are just random thoughts, and collections of some interesting train journeys, sights and impressions of railways wherever they happen to be, or may have been.
Digital Images from Denver Public Library
The library holds a fascinating collection of railroad photographs, including hundreds of images by Otto Perry. Well worth exploring their collections.
Here’s just a sample from the Otto Perry Collection:
The Legacy of Edward Bury
Sadly perhaps, the name of Edward Bury has not achieved the place of distinction it deserves amongst British steam locomotive engineers. Outside this country his influence on steam engine building has been very great indeed, with his techniques developed to their most advanced level in the USA. The largest steam locomotives in the world, the Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” 4-8-8-4 articulated giants were using techniques which, basically at least, would have seemed familiar to Edward Bury.
APT – Innovation Ahead of its Time
The APT designed and developed by British Railways in the 1970s, with gas turbine power and tilting technology was evolved into the 25kV option, intended to run on the West Coast Main Line. But – the lack of Government investment and strategy in the 1980s, coupled with the usual ‘teething troubles’ saw it consigned to the scrap heap. However, the tilting technology, sold to Fiat was included in the next generation of tilting trains across Europe, and came back to the UK in the shape of the ‘Pendolino’ trains running today.
The “Electric Scots” Arrived
These 25kV AC electric locomotives, were the last of the “AL” series developed for British Rail, and allowed high-speed rail services to run between London and Glasgow, with numerous stops en-route.