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Hi, from user 'EdJogg' (aka Pete J).
My interests include traction engines and other steam engine-powered vehicles, railways (model and prototype), canals, Land Rovers, industrial archaeology, The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry, and "Radio 4 comedy programmes". However, as a WikiGnome, do not be surprised to find my edits anywhere within the Wiki!
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Far too many projects... (aaaaargh!)
(Reserved for WikiProject Steam !!)
Probably the most useful section for visitors...
Well, it's me job, innit? Lots of experience, but in limited areas...
Lots at Beginner level? Yup! Comes from trying to learn 'em all at the same time!
Other interesting facts...
Some of the many to be found under Wikipedia:USERBOX#Gallery...
|The Editor's Barnstar|
|Thanks for the big assist with getting Holt Manufacturing Company ready for GA review. It passed on the first attempt.-- btphelps (talk) (contribs) 05:20, 13 April 2010 (UTC)|
Did you know...?
Only five DYKs so far (five out of five attempts, that is!), but they were worth the effort...
Note that entries with pictures were the first items in the list!
- ...that the Brunel-designed Wharncliffe Viaduct of 1836 (pictured), on the GWR main line in London, is home to a protected colony of bats?
- ...that during engineering work in 1979, the collapse of the Penmanshiel Tunnel severed the main railway line between London and Edinburgh for five months?
Unfortunately, we had no suitable image to submit for this one.
- ...that a steam-powered portable engine (example pictured) drove the dynamo for the first floodlit football match in the UK in 1878?
- ...that in 1669, the Jesuit missionary and astronomer Ferdinand Verbiest persuaded the Kangxi Emperor to remove a month from the Chinese calendar?
(This was top of the Main Page DYK list on Easter Sunday afternoon! 3300 page views on 23 Mar 2008)
- ... that despite being an object of ridicule in popular culture, over 8 million British Rail sandwiches were sold in 1993?
Minimal work for this one, mainly just a nomination...but it received 5000 page views and hence qualifies for an entry in Wikipedia:DYKSTATS!
- List of United Kingdom locations – Gazetteer - includes lat.+long and grid ref
- List of acronyms and initialisms
- List of museums in England
- List of steam energy topics
- History of steam road vehicles
- Category:Steam power, Category:Steam engines, Category:Steam road vehicles
- Category:Industry museums in the United Kingdom
- History of rail transport in Great Britain
- List of railway lines in Great Britain
- List of closed railway lines in Great Britain
- Years in rail transport (overall navigation page)
- The Railway Stories - the audio recordings
- The Pendragon Adventure - interesting read?
- Battle Chess - get a version of this!
- Wikipedia:Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense (BJAODN)) -- late, lamented, but possibly available on the Internet Archive?
- -- OS Maps (1:25,000) for 1925-45 (colour, dates vary)
- -- excellent scans, navigate using Google map interface
- -- can set specific URL after search, also links to other sites (eg current OS get-a-map)
- http://www.npemap.org.uk/ -- New Popular Edition Maps
- --OS Maps (1:25000) from 1940's ?
- --search by place, postcode. can link by URL
- --cannot zoom-in greatly
- -- OS Maps for 1891 (1:10560), 1890 (1:2500), 1905 (1:10560) + 1
- --placename location, zoom+pan
- --cannot link directly, scans are not high-res, navigating can be slow
- http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/Maps/os61htm/6706.htm -- Somerset County Council
- -- OS Maps 1:10560 County Series 1st edition (c.1884-87)
- -- better quality scans than old-maps.co.uk + much larger on-screen. Can link directly
- -- Somerset only? Not sure how to navigate.
- -- Link shows page covering Knackershole Tunnel (bottom-left). Dulverton is a couple of sheets up and a few to the right!
- http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/maps/index.jsp -- "Historical Mapping" (A Vision of Britain Through Time (1900-2001))
- --New Map of the British Isles (1921)
- --Ordnance Survey 10 Mile to One Inch (1904)
- --20th Century OS New Popular Edition
- --19th Century OS First Series (select from menu)
- --1930's Land Utilisation (select from menu)
- --zoom and pan to locate, different maps for different zoom levels
- --small map, cannot link, pixellated at high zoom levels