Happy New Year from the Ultimate Steam Page!
23 December 2017
Merry Christmas from the Ultimate Steam Page. Photo on front page shows the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot in my hometown.
11 November 2017
It's been FAR too long since my last update. The main reason for that was Firefox unexpectedly dropping support for the FireFTP FTP add-on, which meant I had no way to upload files. After a few hours work this morning, I was finally able to find a work-around and I should be able to do fairly regular updates now.
For today, I made some minor updates to Phil Girdlestone's page regarding the publication of his final work, "Here Be Dragons", a book detailing his steam experiences around the world.
20 November 2016
Added some news on some books from Camden Miniature Steam Services to the News page.
5 September 2016
Udated the Steam Repair Links and Girdlestone pages to reflect Phil Girdlestone's passing earlier this year.
4 September 2016
Fixed a couple of broken image links. Hope to do a more substantive update in the near future.
13 December 2015
A totally off-topic piece of news added to the News page, along with a minor update on the progress on the overhaul of the two locomotives from the RFIRT.
10 May 2015
Added updated contact info for T.W. Blasingame to the proposed steam locomotives page. Mr. Blasingame is still working on advanced alternative fuel steam locomotives.
22 February 2015
Added two new stories to the News page. The first is on the overhaul of two RFIRT steam locomotives which is presently underway. The second story comes from the CSR 130 Project, about the design of a new exhaust system for a narrow gauge German steam locomotive.
Added the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to the Steam Repair Links page.
3 November 2014
Added information on the New Build Steam site to the News page. I also fixed a couple of broken links and the inoperative page search feature. (Use google's site-specific feature if you want to find something here and can't find it.)
2 November 2014
Added information on a new book by Phil Girdlestone and the Advanced Steam Traction Group to the News page.
19 April 2014
Added information on the reprint of Jos Koopmans' book The Fire Burns Much Better to the News page.
4 April 2014
Added a link to a youtube video of a 1985 ABC Evening News segment on the American Coal Enterprises 614T tests on the Chessie system to the ACE page.
12 March 2014
Minor update to the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page and minor update to Monticello Railway Museum former Southern Railway 2-8-0 no. 401 page.
11 March 2014
Updated the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page and added a separate page on Monticello Railway Museum former Southern Railway 2-8-0 no. 401.
7 March 2014
Several news items to report: the 5AT Group has been busy lately; check the News page for details. Also updated the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page. Finally, I've been named as an advisor to the CSR 130 Project.
19 January 2014
Somehow I've missed including the biggest steam story in recent history, the impending restoration of Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" steam locomotive #4014. Added to the News page.
18 January 2014
Happy New Year to my readers. Wow- this seems to be getting to be a bad habit. This is the first update to TUSP in almost a year. First off, courtesy of Jos Koopmans, I've added Porta's first paper on locomotive exhausts to the exhaust systems page. I've also added a few updates to the News page. My first and only new year's resolution for 2014: make more regular updates to TUSP.
25 December 2012
A LONG-overdue update as a Christmas present for my regular
readers! Two stories added to the News
page: David Wardale's book "The Red Devil and Other Tales
from the Age of Steam" will be reprinted, and the CSR 130 Group
has just posted one of Porta's previously unavailable papers, as
well as two related articles from "Trains" magazine as part of
their new "White Paper Series". Enjoy reading, and Merry
24 June 2012
Added two 3-D renderings of a Lempor Ejector to the exhaust systems page.
18 June 2012
Added Chegg.com, a book rental service, to the book links page.
28 May 2012
Added information on the recently announced project to modernize former ATSF 4-6-4 number 3463 to the News page.
7 March 2012
Added an update on Nigel Day's work on the West Coast Wilderness Railway in Australia to the News page. Updated the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page.
3 March 2012
Added additional links to newspaper articles on the second new
steam locomotive recently completed for India's Nilgiri Mountain
Railway to the News page.
Transferred several old stories from the News
page to the News Archive.
1 March 2012
Added a new link to several on-line steam locomotive technical
references to the Resources
page. Added updates on the 5AT project, Grand Canyon
Railway, and a second new steam locomotive for India's Nilgiri
Mountain Railway to the News
19 February 2012
Added nearly 50 papers to the list
of technical papers by Ing. L. D. Porta. Most of the
additions are courtesy of a list from Martyn Bane; a few were
found as references in one of the last papers Porta
published. The additions to this list reminded me that Porta
must have been one of the most prolific technical writers ever.
4 January 2012
Added a new video featuring L. D. Porta, Andre Chapelon, and
Porta's first project locomotive, La Argentina to the advanced
steam videos page.
1 January 2012
Added a new photo of Belgrano Railway 4-8-2 #1802 to the L. D. Porta page.
December 29, 2011
Updated the Recent Steam Projects page with a better photo of Tornado and information on several recent German steam projects. Updated the Live Steam page with information on Michael Guy's locomotive work including his Lempor Exhaust Calculator. Added a link to the website for "Annie" and information on the Rent-A-Lok project to the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page.
December 27, 2011
Added another locomotive to the List
of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page, No. 7 of
the Scottish Railway Preservation Society which has been fitted
with a Lempor exhaust. Updated the Exhaust Systems
page with some new information obtained from the 5AT site and
re-wrote the existing portion of the page.
December 25, 2011
Updated the information on the List
of Steam Improvements of the Last 40 Years page on 2
locomotives and added information on two locomotives modified by
Nigel Day on the West Coast Wilderness Railway in Tasmania.
December 24, 2011
Added a photo of a model of one of the RFIRT 2-10-2s to the RFIRT page, as well as a link to the
Railways of the Far South page showing photos of the locomotives
when new being loaded onto ships for transport to Argentina.
December 23, 2011
Added a link to another valve gear simulation program and to a
page with Phil Girdlestone's current project offering detailed
drawing prints of modernized steam locomotives to the Resources page.
December 22, 2011
Updated the link to Charlie Dockstader's steam engine valve gear
simulation/modeling software on the Resources
page. Added a link to a youtube video of Alfred County
Railway Garratt #141 to the videos
December 18, 2011
Added a page on a limited run, hand-built brass HO scale ACE 3000 model.
January 28, 2011
September 1, 2009
Wow- fell off the update train again. Sorry it's been so long. Added the West-Side Locomotive Corporation to the Steam Repair Links page. Added American-Rail to the Steam Information Links page. Update on the steam situation at the Grand Canyon Railway on the News page, as well as info on a new steam land speed record.
March 19, 2009
Removed or corrected broken links on several pages. Added two Nigel Day proposals to the list of Proposed Steam Locomotives of the past ~40 years. Updated listings on the Steam Repair Links page. Removed contact info for companies with websites.
March 18, 2009
Removed broken link from the Phil Girdlestone page, added a new photo of SAR #3450 the L. D. Porta to the David Wardale page, provided courtesy of Martyn Hearson .
March 17, 2009
Corrected bad links on List of Remaining RFIRT Locomotives and Santa Fe Locomotives of the RFIRT pages. Added one previously unlisted technical paper to the Porta Bibliography page. Added a new link to the Steam Information Links page. Added 3 videos of DLM 2-10-0 52.8055 to the Videos page.
March 16, 2009
Updates to the Background, Resources, DLM, and Other Steam Designers pages.
March 14, 2009
Minor updates to the FCAF pages, Porta, Last 30, and others. New page on the FCAF's newest steam locomotive 'Ing H. R. Zubieta'.
March 13, 2009
Minor updates to the Steam Development Background page.
March 11, 2009
General clean up on several pages.
March 10, 2009
Added the Sumpter Valley Machine Works, and updated contact information and link for the Tweetsie Railroad locomotive shop on the list of Steam Locomotive Repair Resources.
March 9, 2009
Added the Vapor Locomotive Company to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources. Added proposed 4-8-4T by DLM to the Proposed Locomotives of the Past 40 Years page.
March 7, 2009
Updated the Other Steam Designers page.
March 6, 2009
Minor updates to the Proposed Locomotives of the Past ~40 Years, Steam in the 90's, Other 21st Century Attempts, and Projects Underway pages.
March 1, 2009
Updated Videos page, adding two videos of SAR #3450, the Red Devil. Updated the List of Steam Improvements of the Last 30 Years page and several sub-pages.
February 28, 2009
2008 Steam Update added to the News page. Old stories moved to the Steam News Archive. Out-of-date and dead links cleaned up on several pages.
January 20, 2009
Wow! Way too long since I've updated. Added Arizona Mechanical Engineering to the list of Steam Locomotive Repair Resources.
January 12, 2008
Added a few more patents to the Modern Steam Patents page. Added another news item to the News page.
January 11, 2008
Added John Rhodes' massive steam/diesel research paper "The Economics of Coal as a Locomotive Fuel on US Class 1 Railroads" to the News page. URL added for the Vapor Locomotive Company as well.
January 6, 2008Added another 2 patents to the Modern Steam Patents page.
Added Ram Gaskets to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page.
June 4, 2007
Updated the URL for the ACE 3000 patent on the ACE page.
June 2, 2007
Added stories on Hunslet Engine Company and the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to the News page. Added Hunslet Engine Company to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page.
March 28, 2007
Added updated information for Boothbay Railway village and a new supplier, D&M Inc. (steam whistle supplier) to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page.
March 8, 2007
Corrected a bunch of incorrect URLs on the steam locomotive information links page. Deleted links to some defunct pages. Made similar adjustments to the non-steam links page.
February 19, 2007
Updated the info for Northwest Staybolt Company on the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page; they now manufacture rigid and flexible staybolts, staybolts sleeves, caps. and copper gaskets.
January 18, 2007
First update of 2007! Still having trouble finding time to update the pages. Added a link to the Page Walking Draglines site of Michael Bezilla to the non-steam links page. Added the Yahoo Steam Whistles group and the Durango Railroad Historical Society to the steam locomotive information links page. A report on the recent modern steam conference held in York, UK was added to the News page.
December 11, 2006
Wow! Too long since any updates. Added Western Locomotive Supply to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page. I'll try to get back on track on updating the page regularly in the next few weeks.
August 17, 2006
Added All Pro Services to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page.
August 11, 2006
Added three new stories to the News page, including news about two upcoming modern steam conferences as well as a recent BBC radio program. Link to new photo of Chinese QJ's recently imported to the U.S. added.
June 14, 2006
Photos of the FCAF's new steam locomotive No. 5 added to the News page. Added FCAF No. 5 to the Improved Steam Locomotives of the Last 30 Years page. Link to photos of Chinese QJ 2-10-2's recently delivered to the U.S. added to the News page. Photos of Grand Canyon Railway No. 29 added to the News page.
May 19, 2006
Added 3 reviews of J.J.G. Koopman's book The Fire Burns Much Better to the News page.
May 7, 2006
Added Steam Services of America to the Steam Locomotive Repair Resources page.
April 23, 2006
Updated image of the proposed ACE 6000-G added to the ACE page.
April 22, 2006
Minor update to the ACE page. Two new stories added to the News page.
April 20, 2006
Updated the Steam Locomotive Information Resources page with a couple of additional books on the Norfolk & Western Railway.
February 19, 2006
Created a new page on the de Dietrich-Schwander Railcar, an advanced steam design of 1938. Info previously on News page included, as well as two new pages. Other minor revisions made to various pages.
January 6, 2006
Added a couple of updates to the Improved Steam Locomotives of the Last 30 Years page.
January 2, 2006
Added a PDF version of the Lempor theory to the Lempor Theory Page. Added a list of typographical errors in the Lempor Theory (as it appears on these pages) courtesy of Jos Koopmans.