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Writing books through the 1970’s and 1980’s was an incredibly time consuming and costly process by today’s standards with little reward financially and increasingly difficult for independents to indulge in. No matter the negatives, the positives of researching and writing about steam was an incredible privilege for a passionate steam enthusiast who effectively was able to turn an ongoing hobby into something that is considered to be pioneering.
In those times computers weren’t as freely accessible as they are now, not to mention such thing called the Internet to aide authors like myself, painstaking effort and workmanship was required to solve the mysteries of steam. The methods, databases and records for which I and others like me used to form the basis of our investigations would certainly be seen as archaic by todays standards, alas this was the only method of working we had at that time; but fun and rewarding none the less.
Since 2009 when I first started to investigate the feedback I was receiving regarding my original publications of the ‘What Happened to Steam‘ series it has become my mission to ensure that any and all records held within my books would & should be correct as well as accurate no matter the cost or effort required to do so.
Revisiting my records has required a significant amount of time, dedication and costs which I have continued to self sustain and will continue to do so going forwards. My initial idea was to publish amended data into a new printed book, the famous 51, which would have been charged at cost price and a small handling charge as a means to update my customers records.
However, with the modern age of technology it comes as somewhat of a relief to be able to publish my updated works to the What Happened To Steam website. After a lifetime of living on the rails, there’s a wonderful feeling when I hear that my work is now ‘on‑line’ also, excuse the pun.
As the website evolves my plan is to release further WHTS Volumes, new publications, articles, photographs, and discussion groups to provide a much richer experience for communities to enjoy.
If you wish to help, you can donate any amount you like via the Stripe secure donation form located at the bottom of this page, any and all donations would go a long way to helping WHTS contribute to the legacy of steam.
My thanks go to Alex and Stephen for whom have provided me with the tools and time to publish online.
The support I have received from my customers, friends, family, enthusiasts and beyond has been truly incredible and for this I wish to thank you all.