Something To Use

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Vic, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    The Internet is a wonderful tool for finding information on a subject to model, especially pictures of the subject. But, I've noticed that there are many posts here asking where can I find a picture of this or that. Its tedious to search individual sites looking for a particular picture but there's a place that you can most likely find the picture you need in just a few minutes.

    The Google search engine has an under utilized feature. Go to and on the opening page click on "Image Search". Then type in the keyword(s) of the subject that you want a picture of and hit <enter>. In seconds you will have hundreds of sites related to the picture you want plus thumbnail pictures that you can click on and enlarge. Your screen will split too and you can scan the site quickly for other pictures. Keep in mind that the picture that you may be looking for may or may not be on a modeling or railroad related site.

    I'm sure that there are other related image search sites and maybe we can get a list of them going here.
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    At type in your search term, say "usra locomotive", and hit the search button. When the results page appears click on the image tab. Tada. 33 images results with thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to go to site. You can also get quit specific, say "bnsf 2353" got me 4 nice pictures. FRED
  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Now if it's buildings and industries you want pictures of, I have found the mother of all reference sites. It's the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record or HABS/HAER for short, and has everything from bridges to steel mills. You can search by keyword or just browse the extensive category listing. Sometimes there are even plan drawings. It's an amazing site!

    :thumb: Val
  4. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    What a fabulous Link Val!! You could be my Hero Of the Week :D

    Some really nice stuff in there.this could take days ;)
  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    ...or weeks! :D :D :D :D :D

  6. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan


    Add me to the list of your worshipers. What a great site. I could waste hours on it at work and it would be counted as work! I wouldn't want to do it at home; it would interfere with my model railroad time.:D
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Val, oh Goddess of The Gauge.

    Thank you for that tip. What a wonderous resource you have uncovered.

    we're not worthy.
    we're not worthy.

    Thank you so much.
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Val, you just got one more worshipper! :wave: :wave: :wave:

    After only 10 minutes of browsing I found three pics which solved two problems with the layout of water tanks on my chemical plant and the transition of the scenery into the backdrop.

    Wow, wow and wow again! Thanks a lot for that hint! :) :) :)


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