About steamlocomotive.info
This website has been online since September 1st, 2001. For most of that time it was supported by a now defunct webhosting company, Sunshine Software, Inc. Doug Bailey, a steam fan since childhood is the owner and operator of the site. The site exists, and continues to operate through the kind support of photographers who contribute to it, editors who help maintain it, and donors who help defray the costs involved in its operation.

The database which lies behind this site derives from a number of sources. It began from a locomotive list maintained by a man named Tim Bosshardt in the late 1980's and early 1990's and was added to based upon a list published by the Tourist Railroad Assocation. Additional input came from thousands of miles of travel by Dale Brown and Doug Bailey, and from other sources too numerous to record or remember. Ownership histories, where we have them at all, came mostly from a text file "ownership guide" submitted by Mark Halford.

After 11 years of operation, the site remains a fluid, and changing thing. Photos and videos are added quite often. Occassionally a locomotive formerly unknown to us is added, and occassionally a duplicate entry is deleted. The data is, of course, imperfect. It cannot be otherwise in a changing world. That being said, we do make considerable efforts to keep the site updated as information is presented to us.

What we include here are steam locomotives, and compressed air locomotives. The decision to include the compressed air locomotives was a bit whimsical perhaps, but pleased the guy (Doug) who does all the programming and database work that underlies this site. The little compressed air locomotives probably won't go away any time soon, even though they probably ought to. We include locomotives as small as 14" gauge, park locomotives, sunken and lost locomotives. You may disagree with our choices, but at this late stage we're not likely to change them.

User Contributions - The Notes System

The purpose of this site, in part, is to accumulate a body of knowledge about the steam locomotives of the world. We believed, and it has been confirmed time and again, that the visitors to this site know more about locomotives in their area than we do. So we've provided several mechanisms for you, our welcome visitors, to have your knowledge and input included in our system. First is our Notes system. If you've browsed our database or searched for a locomotive, you're familiar with a display that looks like the one below:

The green "light" next to the word Notes in the image above indicates that the system holds one or more notes pertaining to the locomotive, in this case Soo Line 1011 in Ladysmith, WI. Clicking on the thumbnail image of the locomotive will get you a locomotive display, like this:

The Notes button at the bottom of the locomotive display will allow you to read any notes posted for the locomotive displayed, as well as add a note of your own if you wish.

User Contributions - Locomotive Photos

This website is an intensely visual creation. First and foremost we need photos of the locomotives we list. There are a number of ways you can contribute photos to our database.

User Contributions - The Notes System

The purpose of this site, in part, is to accumulate a body of knowledge about the steam locomotives of the world. We believed, and it has been confirmed time and again, that the visitors to this site know more about locomotives in their area than we do. So we've provided several mechanisms for you, our welcome visitors, to have your knowledge and input included in our system. First is our Notes system. If you've browsed our database or searched for a locomotive, you're familiar with a display that looks like the one below:

The green "light" next to the word Notes in the image above indicates that the system holds one or more notes pertaining to the locomotive, in this case Soo Line 1011 in Ladysmith, WI. Clicking on the thumbnail image of the locomotive will get you a locomotive display, like this:

The Notes button at the bottom of the locomotive display will allow you to read any notes posted for the locomotive displayed, as well as add a note of your own if you wish.

User Contributions - Locomotive Photos

This website is an intensely visual creation. First and foremost we need photos of the locomotives we list. There are a number of ways you can contribute photos to our database. To begin with, when you see a panel that says "Click here to Contribute Photo" when viewing a locomotive's display page, you can click on that panel and you'll be prompted to upload a digital photo of the locomotive in question. Fill in the blanks and click submit. The picture won't appear instantly. Instead, an e-mail will be sent to our administrators notifying them of your submission and they'll check the photo, and load it into the system. Please submit JPEG images only, and at least 640 pixels wide.

But what if we already have a photo of a locomotive, and you have a better one you'd like to see displayed? You can e-mail contributions to: contributors@steamlocomotive.info as an attachment. Be sure to mention what locomotive the photo is of, and let us have your name (or the name of the photographer) so we can give proper credit.

User Contributions - Photo Albums

When browsing or searching you've probably already seen a display that looks like the image below:


You've already discovered that by clicking on the thumbnail image you can see all the information that we have on this locomotive. The little green "light" next to the word Album means that this particular locomotive has a "Photo Album" associated with it. So when you're viewing the locomotive display for this one, you'll see a button at the bottom of the display that looks like this:

You can contribute photos for an existing Photo Album, or to create a new one for a locomotive that doesn't have them. E-mail your photos along with photographer and caption information to: albums@steamlocomotive.info

User Contributions - Videos

As this is being written, we have video clips for at total of 52 locomotives, and plan to add clips for as many more locomotives as possible. We prefer to do our own digitization, and can accept video on standard 8mm, VHS, VHS-C or Mini-DV format. If you have a video you'd like us to consider, e-mail us at videos@steamlocomotive.info and describe the video. We'll be happy to pay the shipping in both directions.

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