For readers who do not know me, my name is Dan Yurman and I published a blog on nuclear energy titled “Idaho Samizdat” from 2007-2012. After a two-year hiatus of just reading and watching the nuclear and space exploration industries, as of August 31, 2014, I have started a new blog with a more general scope. I remain interested in both topics.
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A Time Traveler from the Age of Steam
Why is there a picture of a railroad engineer at the top of this page? I was a rail fan at a young age and grew up in an era when steam locomotives were being phased out for more efficient diesels.
The restoration of steam locomotives in the 21st Century is a fitting tribute to the men and women who worked on them when they were in revenue service.
Readers are welcome to add brief notes and URLs about their favorites in the comments section.
Here is a video clip of the 611 on a rail fan trip in 2017.