Archive for July, 2010

by Engineman Wook

To begin with, if anyone reading this knows where online to get a look at any C&O “Allegheny” footage, I’d appreciate learning how.  This needless to say also applies to non-YouTube B&O EM-1 and N&W Y-series film resources. 

Secondly, would one of you ‘UK’ types be good enough to send me a list of what you may figure are the better examples of vintage BR Standard and previous English steam movies?

Thank you very much!

Now, the following “stuff” is mainly promotional outtakes; and, as my old Great-Uncle Analdas Wook used to say in Aroostock, “there’ll be Hell to pay” if anyone dares to put up a whole dub of one of their own favorite RR movies!  That said, these links may at least suggest which individual DVDs a serious railfan might want to buy.


B&O Steam Footage On YouHALFWit

B&O Steam with LIVE sound!

Vintage B&O Steam with Pacing Scenes!


Fostoria, OH, Steam Locomotive Footage On YouFATHead

Fostoria, OH, Trains (Show 2 of 7)

Fostoria, OH, Trains (Show 3 of 7)

Fostoria, Ohio, Steam Trains from the mid 1950’s (Show 4 of 7)

Fostoria, OH, Trains (Show 5 of 7)

Fostoria, OH, Trains (Show 6 of 7)


N&W Steam Footage On YouBOOBY

Norfolk & Western Y6B Doubleheader

Pillars of Smoke in the Sky preview – N&W Steam

Pocahontas Glory Vol. 7 preview – N&W Steam


NYC Steam Footage On YouNERFBall

1935 newsreel – 20th Century Limited train. – “Flight of the Century”

1938 New York Central Railroad – “The Steam Locomotive”

1948 New York Central Railroad – “The RailRoad Signal”

New York Central from the 1940’s

New York Central’s Hudsons

New York Central Hudsons! Part 2

New York Central Steam Finale Preview

New York Central Volume 1

New York Central Volume 2


PRR Steam Footage On YouCanKissTHIS

The Life and Times of the PRR K4s Pacifics

Pennsylvania Railroad Steam Engines

PRR Film: “Clear Track Ahead!” 1946 (PART 1 of 3)

PRR Film: “Clear Track Ahead!” 1946 (PART 2 of 3)

PRR Film: “Clear Track Ahead!” 1946 (PART 3 of 3)

PRR Film: “Progress on the Rails” (PART 1 of 2)

PRR Film: “Progress on the Rails” (PART 2 of 2)

PRR Film: “Wheels of Steel” (PART 1 of 2)

PRR Film: “Wheels of Steel” (PART 2 of 2)

PRR J1’s and Santa Fe 2-10-4’s at Sandusky, Ohio (1956)

Sharks of the Pennsylvania Railroad


UP Steam Footage On YouBONEHead

Big Boys on Tee Vee!

Union Pacific Big Boy Collection

[Engineman Wook

[all Wookean witticism-rights reserved & all others revert to holders

[30 July 2010]


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by Engineman Wook
Searching “N&W roundhouse links” on Google revealed these links:

Gerard M Foley Photographs N&W Steam At Columbus Yard:
Virginian Railway People:
PRR Steam At (more…)

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by Engineman Wook

Alright, you types!  The GOOD NEWS are that the Doug Self Site is now available through THIS link:


BR Class 9 2-10-0 Franco-Crosti boiler scheme, one of many unusual steam locomotives posted by Doug Self — EW

Mr Self posted this comment today to an earlier posting here at Engineman Wook, about the — thankfully only temporary! — “disappearance” of his web site:


‘I am aware that my website is not currently accessible under its usual address. 

‘The Pipex address translation system seems to have failed and they don’t seem to be interested in fixing it.

‘You can still access it at:


‘When it will be fixed I don’t know. Please pass this info on to anyone you think might be interested.

‘Spread the word!’

[Engineman Wook

[all rights revert to holders

[30 July 2010]


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by Engineman Wook


“Nobody knows what they don’t know until they know it….  Then there is what in Brazil is called The Office Theory: What I don’t understand is necessarily wrong.”

[Argentine steam locomotive design engineer L D Porta, in “My Difficulties”, infra qv]


“In 1601, Giovanni Battista della Porta described a machine that could be used to raise a column of water with the use of steam.  He described this machine in a work entitled ‘Spiritali.’  Porta’s work included a vacuum created by the condensation of steam into which water would flow.  Porta’s apparatus…was called the ‘Pneumatica.’  Porta’s machine was described as being able to raise water with steam pressure.  Although Porta’s machine was never applied to any practical uses, he accurately described the necessary presence of a vacuum created by steam to raise the water.”

[from The Steam Engine

http://campus.udayton.edu/~hume/Steam/steam.htm  ]


So, who was this early-modern Giovanni Battista Porta?  And was he, could he have been, a forebear of the sorcerer of the postmodern 21st century Second Steam Railroading Age, Ingeniero Livio Dante Porta?  Quien sabe?  As Borges points out often, there are many (more…)

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by Livio D. Porta, Consulting Engineer
[Porta’s lucid piece is re-posted here in the pp of Engineman Wook as a matter of on-line information redundancy, from the yeoman pp of GLOUCESTERSHIRE TRANSPORT HISTORY:


[The fact that English was not Porta’s first language, and that the text following has been trampled by at least two halfwits, myself included, in trying to insure clarity, only attests the invincible achievement of the original author — PW]


Modernisation is defined as the partial application of technological advances to existing locomotives without the introduction of structural changes.  And it is a myth that the steam locomotive reached a pinnacle imposed by its very nature.

French locomotive designer Andre Chapelon was the first to realise this from 1926 onwards, and the author, his disciple, continued the work.  Whilst (more…)

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by Engineman Wook,
Boston & Maine RR (retd)
Here are a load of RR and other lynx…maybe some are just bobcats, I haven’t had time to really sort them.  So, in the Maine (hehehe!), you are on your own, you tweety birds!  At first glance, these sites all seem to offer something or other, especially as to images, about steam locomotives (and, RAF Fighter Command 1940 Hurry Boxes and Spitfires art!)
Martyn Bane auxiliary link:
Glyn’s Trains:

Midland Railway Society:
Hurry (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook



With the looming Battle of Britain only just taking shape, on the morning of Wednesday, 10 July 1940, a coastal convoy of slow-moving cargo ships heading along the South coast [in the English Channel — ed] came under attack from a large force of Dornier Do17 bombers, escorted by five squadrons of Hun fighters.  RAF Fighter Command scrambled several (more…)

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