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Update 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 Christmas!

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 page. 

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 page.

December 18, 2011

Added a page on a limited run, hand-built brass HO scale ACE 3000 model.

January 28, 2011

Update to the News page with some interesting information on steam operations at the Grand Canyon Railway.  A link to the National Transportation Safety Board report on the firebox explosion on the Gettysburg Railroad in 1995, along with a very interesting commentary letter on this report, written by L. D. Porta, added to the Resources page.

January 27, 2011

Combined most of the FCAF pages into a single page and updated the content.

Update January 23, 2011

Miscellaneous updates to several pages, and a News update on 4 new steam locomotives in India.

January 17, 2011

First update of 2011!  Added 3 more papers to the Porta bibliography courtesy of Martyn Bane.  Made a couple of corrections on the Steam Information Links page. Made some revisions to the non-steam links page.  Updated the News page.

October 29, 2010

Added a link to Ajax Rolled Ring and Steel to the Steam Repair Links page. 

August 8, 2010

Corrected a broken link on the Girdlestone page.

August 6, 2010

Wow- THAT was too long for an update!  It seems my desktop computer had a hardware failure several months ago (motherboard died apparently).  Although I'd already started transitioning to a new computer before that, I hadn't moved my TUSP files.  Let's just say I finally got the time to dig out the information so I could log back into Trainweb and download the whole webpage so I can work on it again.  I'll try to come up with some worthwhile updates to add in the next few days.

December 6, 2009

Minor updates to the page on David Wardale.

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, 2008

Added another 2 patents to the Modern Steam Patents page.

January 5, 2008

Added a Modern Steam Patents page.

January 4, 2008

Added Modern Steam Videos page.  On the Steam Locomotive Information Resources page, added link to MAXCOW Online, which offers a CD containing 14 of the International Correspondence School (ICS) railway courses.  These have been out of print for many years and provide valuable technical information on steam and railway operations.

January 2, 2008

Updated News page.  Planning to post further updates in the next few days.

October 30, 2007

Updated the Steam Development menu page to make it more user-friendly.

October 29, 2007

Made minor updates to David Wardale's page.

October 27, 2007

Updated the FCAF pages to include info on Garratt no. 5, the line's newest locomotive.  Other pages revised for correctness.

October 26, 2007

Updated News page.  Corrected and/or deleted several broken links on the various links pages.  Hopefully more updates will be coming to these pages over the next week or so.

October 24, 2007

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.


 

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