Article From the Winter 2002 Issue of


The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation


As if his work in the museum Archives hasn’t taken enough of his time, Ted Thomas agreed awhile back to overhaul our web site to bring it up to date and fill it out with the many things we want the public to know about us. He and Jim Dierks put together an overall outline, and through the fall Ted did the computer work that, as of December 1, 2001, has gotten us on line with our new site.

Check us out! Maybe you’ll learn something about NYMT you didn’t already know. Better yet, perhaps you’ll give us your feedback about things you’d like to see on the site or suggestions to optimize navigation and usefulness.

Our new site provides cyber-visitors with all the information they could want in order to come see us, join as a member, learn about the vehicles and artifacts we have, take a "virtual tour", and read the latest issue of HEADEND. Ted has used his digital camera and placed images on the site to support all this. Our old site was put together by Chris Hauf, and featured a "collegial" image reflecting our close relationship with our friends at RGVRRM, so in our new site, we are keeping that relationship visible and over links to the RGVRRM site. Chris, meanwhile, has set things up so that anyone attempting to find us at our old web address will be automatically sent to our new one.

Ted Thomas’ copy stand of his own making, plus a digital camera,
puts our Archive collection in the computer catalogue.

We’ve told you in past issues about the computerization of our Archives with numerous items that are already catalogued in our manual system now put in the computer for easier, faster access through key words. Ted has been using his digital camera to record the photos and other images among these catalogued items, and put the image records in the computer too. Now, when you search the computer for a particular item, you’ll find a "thumbnail" image of the item, and you can click on it to get a full-screen enlargement. This is a great advantage when seeking a particular view, for example, when there are many to choose from. Instead of dragging the heavy boxes down and pawing through the many possible items, you can let the computer do the work for you.

The natural extension of this, of course, is to allow access via the internet, so that searches can be done remotely without using the Archive computer. This ability to access our Archive collection is now available on line.

Preserving and disseminating the history of transportation is our mission, and it looks like our new, updated exposure in the web world will enhance our ability to accomplish our mission…both in attracting new friends and providing information to a worldwide audience.