I am a third generation UP railroader and have an interesting archive of photos and other materials that I would like to share. I am looking for recommendations on which sites would be most suitable and reliable.
My grandfather retired as engineer of the City of San Francisco streamliner, and I have quite a number of photos of various locos he operated between 1907 and 1947, including his last run on the City of SF with cab shots; UP 9059, 9027, 9004, 806,824,825,829,833,834,835,841,843,845, 7032, 7006, 4024, 4023, 4002,4000,3996,3977,3950,3941,3911,3905,3902,3611 wreck,3545,2906 before and after tinwork,2295, and his first ride, ol' 31 in 1907. Some of these pics are under power and pulling consists, many are just in the shops or yard. Some are quite scenic.
As Engineer of Road Tests (and later as the Research and Standards Engineer), my father had a lot of documentation for his work, including a number of detail shots (for the rivet counters) of the 4023 and 3941, including cab shots. There are also some technical reports on some of his test findings, and some detail drawings. I also have reference mechanical drawings and specs of ALL locos and tenders in a two volume set of "Union Pacific Locomotive and Tender Diagrams" revised 3-23-25 and Book #5 of "Union Pacific Railroad Co. Passenger Car Diagrams" which includes drawings from 1941-1960. There are a couple of other published works of drawings as well.
Needless to say, there are also a number of pics of the 844, including my grandfather in the cab, and myself in and on the loco, and views in the firebox. (In particular I have a stunning nighttime color 8x10 of her taken by one of the guys that worked for my dad in the lab.) I was a machinist and had the privilege of working on her when she was shopped in 1974 at Omaha.
In addition to all of this, my father also served in WWII and Korea in the transportation corps, and was shop superintendent at Inchon (receiving two battle stars for his efforts). There are some really interesting pics of the shops, operations, and locos, as well as some from his time on the Bengal and Assam in 1942. Fascinating stuff!
Some of the sites I have checked out seem pretty anemic, frankly. Maybe that's all there is? Maybe nobody cares about steam anymore? I expected to find much more online. I don't particularly want to create my own site. Any suggestions appreciated...