We’re excited to announce a new feature to the What Happened To Steam site for enthusiasts to submit their queries and updates relating to locomotive scrapping to enable assessment, information to be reviewed, discussed and where appropriate added to the WHTS Volume database.
By providing the public with a means to add information the process of assessing data will be even more transparent and allow enthusiasts to discuss and debate the ongoing legacy of locomotive data. There are many unsolved mysteries left and it is our hope that through this new forum enthusiasts will be able to use it to solve them.
Peter Hands spent four tireless years to create the updated volumes on WHTS, the data was converted into a comprehensive online resource for fellow enthusiasts to access information for free and contribute towards. As the site evolved more and more enthusiasts contributed a significant amounts of new data which Peter was eternally grateful for. After Peter passed away in October 2017 WHTS continued to receive significant amounts of new information which led us to the idea of creating an evaluating platform for enthusiasts.
The new site is www.qa.whathappenedtosteam.com and is free to join, initial posts need to be signed off by a site administrator as we iron out the kinks and provide users with more features to help process information responsibly.
The main advantage of publishing online has over traditional print is the freedom to update data easily, print form is by its very nature cast in stone. By publishing online it gives us and fellow enthusiasts a means to evolve data quickly and at no cost.
Peter worked right up until the end on What Happened To Steam, even a few days before his passing he was hard at work on Volume 20 making sure several updates were completed. Steam was his passion and a shared one that cuts across generations. What we do here helps to provide a lasting legacy for enthusiasts and the the historical accuracy of the demise of steam.
We hope you enjoy the debate and we look forward to seeing how you use the new forum dedicated to the memory of Peter.
Keep on steaming!