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William Crooks

The William Crooks is a 4-4-0 steam locomotive that was the first locomotive to operate in the U.S. state of Minnesota, beginning in 1861. It was named after William Crooks, the chief mechanical engineer for the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, who earlier served as a colonel in the 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. Crooks laid out the initial ten-mile track between Minneapolis and St. Paul on which the locomotive operated. It was retired from regular service in 1897, but operated special services for several further decades. It is now in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth.

Photograph: National Photo Company, Restoration: Adam Cuerden
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I'm an academic in Information Systems, although my undergraduate and most of my postgraduate work was in philosophy. I'm interested in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Adelaide, Philosophy, Anime and a number of computing and Information Systems subjects — especially as regards Knowledge Management, which is my main area of academic study.

I tend to edit widely, as often I wish to improve articles because I see them as important for Wikipedia, rather than because I'm interested in the topic (although I have rather eclectic tastes and reasonably liberal sentiments). I have access to a number of good databases thanks to academia, so I'm not bad at referencing, and I'm always willing to give it a shot when asked. Generally I'll help wherever I can, and I particularly enjoy that feeling which comes from being useful. :) I've also got one of those new digital camera things, and I enjoy taking photos.

Although she rarely edits (try as I might to convince her otherwise) my wife has been known to use her PDethBW account. So we may edit from the same network location.

Articles

The extent of my involvement in these articles varies — from major editing and almost complete rewrites, to simply adding references to an already excellent page or helping to establish notability. Drive-by-edits, however, where I add just a couple of references or make some small changes, don't make the list — if the article is here, I'm hoping to make some sort of significant input. I've listed them here mostly so that I can get quick access to them when required. I'm also listing the status of the articles, so that I can keep track, but this doesn't mean that I'm claiming credit for the status: it may simply be that it was already a good or featured article, but I added extra information here and there. Plus, the single coolest aspect of Wikipedia, from my perspective, is that articles are collaborative endeavors. :)

Active development

These are articles for which I'm semi-actively editing or researching. This can take a while.

Recently completed

"Recently Completed" doesn't mean "now at Featured status" so much as "I don't think I can find anything else to add at the moment". These are articles which I feel I can put aside for a bit, unless I stumble across some extra sources with which to expand them further.

Future projects

The following articles are ones which I hope to work on in the future. My general policy is that I shouldn't vote to keep an article at AfD unless I'm also willing to help develop the article, (noting that it might not need my help), so some of these are ones which need work but survived AfD, and some are just articles which I'd rather like to work on when time permits.

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