This site aims to present and compare locomotives and railcars from all over the world. As far as possible, each vehicle should be presented briefly with its history, technical features and a brief description of its use. This is completed by technical data and pictures.
A special feature of the site is the comparison function, which can be used to compare up to four vehicles. There is also a “Random Page” button in the menu for people who just like to browse or want to get to know new locomotives.
Another feature is the search function, which can be used to find vehicles based on a variety of filters. So if you want to know which three-cylinder steam locomotives with a wheel diameter of more than two meters were built between 1910 and 1920, you've come to the right place.
All texts are written by me, but due to the large content I limit myself to public domain or freely licensable images. The information gathered comes from magazines (Die Lokomotive, Locomotive Magazine, Railway and Locomotive Engineering), books and freely available information from the Internet.
The oldest content dates back to 2012 and was originally intended to become a book, initially only dealing with German vehicles. Later the spectrum was extended to other countries and the decision was made to create a website instead.
If you find errors or want to contribute interesting information about a locomotive, you are welcome to do so using the “Comment” button under each article.
The site is to remain freely accessible and free of advertising for the time being and is created in my free time. I would be very happy if someone would like to appreciate the effort invested and would like to donate a small amount via the link below.
- Completion of the extensive search function with a large number of filters
The following features are still planned:
- Write introductions for the large number of chapters as possible
- Provide as many locomotives as possible with a short descriptive text, which will be expanded later.
- Fill the "Spotlight" area with more content
Notes on operation:
- there are three different navigation structures: by design/type, by country/railway company and "Spotlight" for specific, interesting subject areas
- click on the highlighted technical terms in the text for a short explanation
- the names of the railway companies can be displayed either as an abbreviation (e.g. "DB"), in full (e.g. "Deutsche Bundesbahn") or as the full name in the local language
- the units in the technical data can be switched between metric, imperial (British and US) and the individual system depending on the country of origin
- up to four locomotives can be compared using the "Compare locomotives" function. A copy function for links makes it possible to share the current selection with others