This page will include a random selection of sites worth a visit, containing useful contemporary, historic, or essential references for anyone with an interest in rail transport and technology.
This is a great little Facebook site for anyone interested in the railways of North West England, from Crewe to Carlisle and all points in between and often further afield. Some superb photos and videos of trains and locomotives, present day operations, specials and steam. Many of the contributors are still at work on Britain’s railways.
This is a superb collection of images of railroads in the Western USA, including in particular, locomotives and trains on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the Rio Grande Southern, and the Union Pacific Railroad.
The Denver Public Library’s Digital Collections includes 20,000+ historical railroad photographs from notable railroad photographers such as Robert Richardson and Otto Perry, including a large portion of Perry’s works.
Definitely worth an online visit.
Here’s a sample:
D&RGW – Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad standard gauge locomotives (2-10-2) #1400 and #1401 are coupled together in the rail yard in Alamosa (Alamosa County), Colorado. Shows a portion of 2-8-8-2 locomotive #3616.
Whilst this is not a specific railway museum, it has an impressive collection of railway artefacts, including these – the “FS 685” class 4-6-2, and “Class 552″ 4-4-0. The 4-4-0 was the final development of this type, built by Breda and Ansaldo between 1890 and 1901, before Italian State Railways (FS) was formed in 1905. These 4-4-0s were actually built for the”Società per le Strade Ferrate Meridionali”, and operated on the “Rete Adriatica”, intriguingly as part of the English P&O company’s “India Mail” (Valigia delle Indie) service between London and Bombay!
A total of 60 of these Class 746 “Mikado” 2-8-2 (below) Von Borries type compound locomotives were built for high-speed service on the Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome-Naples line by Breda (50) in 1923, and by Ansaldo (10) in 1926. After part of the route was electrified, they were used on the Milan to Turin and Milan to Brescia routes, and beside this static example in Milan, one of the class was stored initially in Verona, and later moved to Pistoia, for planned restoration.
A fantastic museum, covering every era, from steam, to diesel, and of course high-speed trains, and even examples of Maglev designs.
Here seen alongside an ICE train power car, is the 2nd replica of the first steam locomotive to run in Germany – “Der Adler” (“Eagle”). The first was destroyed by the fire at the museum in 2005. The locomotive was built by Robert Stephenson in 1835, and put to work on the first railway line in Germany, between Nurnberg and Furth. A characteristic of the Stephenson ‘Patentee’ design was the inside cylinders under the smokebox, and the steam dome on the first boiler ring.