A miscellany of the author's wide-ranging interests including railways and model railways, especially passenger trains in Europe and the United States; Imperial German military and naval history; ocean liners and the engineering plants which propelled them; World War One German aircraft and Zeppelins; ancient Roman civil engineering and architecture, especially the great public baths and the technology behind their development; gardening and cooking. Stick around, and visit...

Blane's Mostly Guy Stuff Pages...


After several years of inactivity, these pages are once again under construction and revision. Your comments and suggestions would be most welcome.

Patience please!...give the images time to load...

This icon will take you to what I think is a very interesting project I've been working on dealing with passenger train operations in the Baltimore metropolitan area in the winter of 1917. I did a little research into the traffic density during the period of Atlantic class engines and "gothic windowed" Pullmans....one thing led to another...and this collection of information was the result...Trains you know you've missed! (This "page" was completed before I learned how to link back and forth between pages. It's a very large amount of information, and you might get more out of it if you print it and read the hard copy.) AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF INACTIVITY, THESE PAGES ARE ONCE AGAIN UNDER REVISION AND CONSTRUCTION. Do, please, stop back often.

This icon will take you to another interesting project, an Almanac of the Imperial German Navy for 1913. Something no home library is complete without, to be sure! Condensed from a variety of sources, these pages show the people and the ships of one of the world's greatest dreadnaught navies in the last year of peace before western civilization came apart. (For the vexillology-impaired, and in response to several inquiries, the icon is of the Imperial German Naval Ensign used from 1867 through 1918 on board Their Majesties ships and also flown from shore installations under Navy control. (It should be noted that this is the Imperial ensign, ships such as customs vessels, revenue cutters, police boats, et cetera, which were under the control of the individual German maritime states would have flown the national flags of those states.)

The Titanic icon will give you a superb, and I do mean superb, image of the great liner steaming through calm seas. Ken Marschall is the dean of current maritime artists, and this is one of his all-time best. My own special interests regarding liners in general and Titanic in particular have always been the marine steam engineering plants.

Your comments are appreciated!

Blane C. Rhoten - eichfelder@gmail.com. - Last modified 29 April 2008