Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to TrainPages

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about real trains and model trains. The initial entries will be reposts from pages of my previous website at www.msoe.edu/~westr or people.msoe.edu/~westr, which is no longer online.

I attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2000 to 2004. MSOE provided it students and alumni with space on its servers for personal websites. I decided that since I had the space available, I might as well use it, and began to build a website in late 2002, going online in November. Initially, the railroad content consisted of pictures and railroad-related papers I had written as school assignments.

After I graduated in 2004, I began rebuilding my website, bringing the new-and-improved version online on November 26, 2004. In 2005 I joined a new social networking site called Bebo and posted some pictures from a classic car show on it. I figured out how to use those pictures on my website and Bebo began serving as a photo host for my website, though I hosted most of my railroad pictures on MSOE’s servers. I purchased a digital camera in late 2005 and began taking a lot of pictures. I began adding more railroad-related content to the website and a lot of content was added between 2008 and 2010.

On June 27th, 2012, MSOE stopped hosting personal websites for its alumni, and my website went offline. I still had all of the files on my computer and was considering simply rebuilding the site with a new host, but couldn’t make up my mind how to proceed. In late 2013 I discovered that Bebo had shut down, meaning that most of my pictures were no longer online either.

After buying an Android smartphone in December 2013, I decided I wanted to rebuild my website in some form. In June 2009 I had started two blogs on Blogger: AutoTour for car profiles, and ScreenViewer for TV and movie reviews. By the summer of 2010 I had essentially abandoned them, but I thought the format would be a good way to bring back my website content and pictures. So I created TrainPages for railroad-related content, and PlacesPages for information about places I have been. There may be some overlap as between TrainPages and PlacesPages as some things fall under both.

The information I post from my old website may be several years out of date, though where I have updated information I will include it. While my website had large all-inclusive pages, I will be dividing the information into small blog posts. One reason for this is that with my website I would sometimes receive an email with a question and could not tell what page the writer was referring to. With smaller blog entries, the comment sections will each be focused on a single topic. This will also make it easier for me to add additional posts in the future without having to edit the previous pages.

I plan to post information from pages of my old website in the order they were originally posted online. Once all of my previous content has been posted, I will begin adding new content. I eventually plan to begin posting to AutoTour and ScreenViewer again as well.

I hope you enjoy this blog and take a look at my others as well. I have plans for a lot of pages in the future. Thank you for visiting.

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