Test of using ordered lists for roster notes

In a recent discussion among webmasters, someone pointed out that I should not be using single-column tables and two-column numbered tables, when ordered lists and unordered lists, with styling, would do a better job of conforming to "best practices."

"I'd say one of the bigger issues [with your site] is that a lot of content has been put into tables. Even those footnotes in the bottom are tables, even though it would make much more sense for them to be ordered lists."

I started doing locomotive rosters in 1973 (more here), and in the 1990s, I was lucky enough to have several roster books published (a list is here). The first rosters on UtahRails date from the very first pages on the web site, and are real multiple-column tables with tabular data. To better match the roster published in my previous books and magazine articles, each of those rosters also has a "roster notes" section, with footnotes. There are hundreds of roster pages on my site, each with tables, and most have been there since 2000-2002. For later additions, I simply used the older tables as templates. Originally, they all had individual HTML formatting, with percentages set for each column, and no CSS. Later I converted to using CSS, but it never occurred to me to change the single column tables ("roster notes") over to ordered lists.

After several hours of experimenting and testing, fiddling with the CSS for classes and divs, and margins and padding, I finally found the right combination of styling to make the lists look like the original table layout version. But truthfully, the amount of editing to convert all those tables is bit too much, so unless I can figure a way to automate the process, the effort will have to wait for bluer skies.

But, in the interest of using best practices, any new roster listings will use ordered lists, instead of two-column tables. And I'll occasionally convert some of the older roster listings, when the mood strikes.

UPRy 4-4-0 — 1 locomotive

1885 UPRy
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
800 Series
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1898 UP
Number
Notes
UPRy 800 UPRR 87 UPRy 87 Jul 1883 Danforth   1868 UP 800 1

Description: (table layout)

Drive Wheel Diameter: 69 inches (rebuilt from 56 inches in July 1883)
Cylinders: 18x24 inches (rebuilt from 17x24 inches in July 1883)

Notes: (table layout)

1. UPRy 800 was built as UPRR 87 in 1868; to UPRY 87 in 1880; rebuilt to UPRy 800 in 1883; to UP 800 in 1898; vacated in 1899; scrapped
   

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Description: (p, in a div)

Drive Wheel Diameter: 69 inches (rebuilt from 56 inches in July 1883)

Cylinders: 18x24 inches (rebuilt from 17x24 inches in July 1883)

General Notes: (alpha ol, in a div)

  1. UPRy 800 was built as UPRR 87 in 1868; to UPRY 87 in 1880; rebuilt to UPRy 800 in 1883; to UP 800 in 1898; vacated in 1899; scrapped

Notes: (numeric ol, in a div)

  1. UPRy 800 was built as UPRR 87 in 1868; to UPRY 87 in 1880; rebuilt to UPRy 800 in 1883; to UP 800 in 1898; vacated in 1899; scrapped

 

F-M H20-44 — 11 units
2000 horsepower; B-B trucks; 254,100 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired

Notes
UP 1360 Aug 1947 L1033 Jun 1964  
UP 1361 Aug 1947 L1034 Nov 1962 1
UP 1362 Aug 1947 L1035 Nov 1962 1
UP 1363 Aug 1947 L1036 Nov 1962 1
UP 1364 Aug 1947 L1037 Jun 1964  
UP 1365 Jun 1947 L1031 Jun 1964  
UP 1366 Jun 1947 L1032 Nov 1962 2, 3
UP 1367 Nov 1947 L1040 Jun 1964  
UP 1368 Dec 1947 L1041 Jun 1964  
UP 1369 Dec 1947 L1042 Nov 1962 2, 4
UP 1370 Dec 1947 L1043 Jun 1964  

General Notes: (table layout)

a. UP 1365 and 1366 were both used as Fairbanks-Morse demonstrator 2000, one on a western states tour and the other on an eastern states tour. F-M 2000 was displayed at 1947 Atlantic City Railroad Fair; both units were delivered to UP in October 1947 as the first units in Fairbanks-Morse order number LD43, which included UP 1367-1370.
b. UP 1360, 1361, 1362, 1363, 1364 were equipped for multiple unit operation.
c. In 1948, UP 1362, 1363, 1364, 1365, 1366 were equipped by Union Pacific with dynamic braking to reduce brake shoe wear and wheel failures on descending grades while in helper service on Cajon Pass and Cima Hill in California.
d. UP 1360-1370 were delivered with D.S. (Diesel Switch) prefix on road number; removed during March 1953.
e. UP 1360-1364 had F-M order number LD-39.
f. UP 1365-1370 had F-M order number LD-43.

General Notes: (alpha ol, in a div)

  1. UP 1365 and 1366 were both used as Fairbanks-Morse demonstrator 2000, one on a western states tour and the other on an eastern states tour. F-M 2000 was displayed at 1947 Atlantic City Railroad Fair; both units were delivered to UP in October 1947 as the first units in Fairbanks-Morse order number LD43, which included UP 1367-1370.
  2. UP 1360, 1361, 1362, 1363, 1364 were equipped for multiple unit operation.
  3. In 1948, UP 1362, 1363, 1364, 1365, 1366 were equipped by Union Pacific with dynamic braking to reduce brake shoe wear and wheel failures on descending grades while in helper service on Cajon Pass and Cima Hill in California.
  4. UP 1360-1370 were delivered with D.S. (Diesel Switch) prefix on road number; removed during March 1953.
  5. UP 1360-1364 had F-M order number LD-39.
  6. UP 1365-1370 had F-M order number LD-43.

Notes: (table layout, with 'insidetd' for subtext)

1. UP 1361, 1362, and 1363 were seen being scrapped in Portland, Oregon during 1962.
2.

UP 1366 and 1369 are documented as being sold to Southwest Portland Cement and being renumbered to SWPC numbers 66 and 69; both units were renumbered to SWPC 408 and 409, but there is some question concerning the sequence. The museums in Illinois and California both state that examination of their respective unit shows that it is the former UP 1366.

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3. UP records show that UP 1366 was sold to Southwestern Portland Cement Company number 66 at Victorville, California in 1963; renumbered to SWPC 408 in 1969; retired in 1984 and donated to Pacific Southwest Railway Museum on May 15, 1984; moved to Campo, California on February 28, 1987; repainted back to UP's original yellow and gray paint in 1998, and renumbered back to UP 1366. Click herefor more information.
4. UP records show that UP 1369 was sold to Southwestern Portland Cement Company number 69 at Victorville, California in 1963; renumbered to SWPC 409 in 1969; retired in 1984 and donated to Illinois Railway Museum. Click here for more information.

Notes: (numeric ol, in a div, with div's to add subtext and to pause numbering)

  1. UP 1361, 1362, and 1363 were seen being scrapped in Portland, Oregon during 1962.
  2. UP 1366 and 1369 are documented as being sold to Southwest Portland Cement and being renumbered to SWPC numbers 66 and 69; both units were renumbered to SWPC 408 and 409, but there is some question concerning the sequence. The museums in Illinois and California both state that examination of their respective unit shows that it is the former UP 1366.
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  4. UP records show that UP 1366 was sold to Southwestern Portland Cement Company number 66 at Victorville, California in 1963; renumbered to SWPC 408 in 1969; retired in 1984 and donated to Pacific Southwest Railway Museum on May 15, 1984; moved to Campo, California on February 28, 1987; repainted back to UP's original yellow and gray paint in 1998, and renumbered back to UP 1366. Click here for more information.
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  6. UP records show that UP 1369 was sold to Southwestern Portland Cement Company number 69 at Victorville, California in 1963; renumbered to SWPC 409 in 1969; retired in 1984 and donated to Illinois Railway Museum. Click here for more information.

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UPRy 4-4-0 — 7 locomotives

1885 UPRy
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
800 Series
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1898 UP
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UPRy 807 UPRR 149 UPRy 149 Oct 1885 Taunton 657 Sep 1875 UP 807   1
UPRy 808 UPRR 150 UPRy 150 Dec 1887 Taunton 658 Sep 1875 UP 808   2
UPRy 809 UPRR 151 UPRy 151 Sep 1886 Taunton 659 Sep 1875 UP 809   3
UPRy 810 UPRR 152 UPRy 152 Sep 1888 Taunton 660 Sep 1875 (UP 810) 1898 4
UPRy 811 UPRR 153 UPRy 153 Dec 1888 Taunton 661 Oct 1875 UP 811   5
UPRy 812 UPRR 154 UPRy 154 Dec 1891 Taunton 662 Oct 1875 UP 812   6
UPRy 813 UPRR 155 UPRy 155 Jan 1888 Taunton 663 Nov 1875 UP 813   7

General Notes: (table layout, with specifications table immediately below)

a. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1885 UPRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
  UPRy 807 68-18x24 69-18x24 Oct 1885
  UPRy 808 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1887
  UPRy 809 68-18x24 69-18x24 Sep 1886
  UPRy 810 68-18x24 69-18x24 Sep 1888
  UPRy 811 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1888
  UPRy 812 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1891
  UPRy 813 68-18x24 69-18x24 Jan 1888

General Notes: (alpha ol, in a div, with specifications table immediately below)

  1. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1885 UPRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
  UPRy 807 68-18x24 69-18x24 Oct 1885
  UPRy 808 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1887
  UPRy 809 68-18x24 69-18x24 Sep 1886
  UPRy 810 68-18x24 69-18x24 Sep 1888
  UPRy 811 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1888
  UPRy 812 68-18x24 69-18x24 Dec 1891
  UPRy 813 68-18x24 69-18x24 Jan 1888

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Original
Name
1867 UPRR
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date To
UPRR
Wheel
Arrangement
As Built
Specs.
Date
Vacated
Later
Number
Notes
(unknown) (none) Manchester 50 Jul 1864   4-4-0 60-14x22 Aug 1864   1
(unknown) UPRR 3 Manchester 51 Aug 1864   4-4-0 60-14x22 1868 CC 1 2
Lt. General Grant (none) Danforth, Cooke [383] Aug 1864   4-4-0 60-14x22 Dec 1864 UPED 3 3
Major General Sherman UPRR 1 Danforth, Cooke [381] Sep 1864 Jul 1865 4-4-0 60-14x22 1880 O&RV 4 4
Major General McPherson UPRR 2 Danforth, Cooke [382] Sep 1864 Jul 1865 4-4-0 60-14x22 1872 CC 2 (2nd) 5
Major General Sheridan UPRR 4 Norris [1187] 1865   4-4-0 60-16x24 1882 OSLRy 29 6
Vice Admiral Farragut UPRR 5 Norris [1188] 1865   4-4-0 60-16x24 1882 OSLRy 24 7
Black Hawk UPRR 6 Hinkley & Williams 752 Aug 1865 Jun 1866 4-4-0 60-14x22 1871 CC 3 8
Omaha UPRR 7 Schenectady 411 Mar 1866   4-4-0 60-16x24   UPRy 7 9
Idaho UPRR 8 Schenectady 418 Apr 1866   4-4-0 60-16x24   UPRy 8 10
Osceola UPRR 9 Rogers 1025 Jul 1862 1866 4-4-0 56-15x22   UPRy 9 11
Denver UPRR 10 Danforth 447 May 1866   4-4-0 63-16x24   UPRy 10 12
Colorado UPRR 11 Danforth 448 May 1866   4-4-0 63-16x24   UPRy 11 13
Bellevue UPRR 12 Danforth 449 Aug 1866   2-6-0 54-18x22 1880 USRRE 12 14

Notes: (table layout, with many notes)

1. Built for UPRR in July 1864, shipped without name or number; cost $14,700; sold in August 1864 by U. P. agent Davis to Kilbourne Lighting Company for $20,000 (from R. E. Prince data; one of UP's first locomotives; sold as surplus prior to start of construction in July 1865)
2. Built as "Lt. General Grant" in 1864; cost $15,450; sold in December 1864 to commission merchant M. K. Jessup Company for $21,000; to Union Pacific Railway Eastern Division number 3. (from R. E. Prince data; one of UP's first locomotives; sold as surplus prior to start of construction in July 1865)
3. Built as "Major General Sherman" in 1864; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 1; to Omaha & Republican Valley 4 in 1880; to O&RV 315 in 1885; vacated after 1897 (new boiler in August 1882) (O&RV to UP in 1898)
4. Built as "Major General McPherson" in 1864; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 2; to Colorado Central 2 (2nd) in 1872; to CC 331 in 1885; off roster by 1897; further disposition unknown (Kratville says "scrapped in 1888")
5. Built for UPRR in 1864, shipped without name or number; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 3; to Colorado Central 1 in 1868; gone by June 1885 system renumbering (G. M. Best says "gone in 1866")
6. Built as "Major General Sheridan" in 1865; to UPRR 4 in 1867; to UPRy 4 in 1880; to OSLRy 29 in 1882; to OSLRy 551 in 1885; to OSL&UN 551 in 1889; to OSL 201 in 1897; vacated in 1898
7. Built as "Vice Admiral Farragut" in 1865; to UPRR 5 in 1867; to UPRy 5 in 1880; to OSLRy  24 in 1882; to OSLRy 550 in 1885; to OSL&UN 550 in 1889; to OSL 200 in 1897; scrapped by OSL in December 1899 (from OSL account books, per Pitchard research)
8. Built as "Black Hawk" in 1865 (owner unknown); to UPRR 6 in June 1866; to Colorado Central 3 in 1871; to Colorado Central 1391 in 1885; rebuilt in May 1886 and numbered as Colorado Central 825; Colorado Central became part of UPD&G in 1890, sold to independent UPD&G in 1893; to UPD&G 34 in 1896; to C&S 144 in 1899; dismantled by C&S in 1906
9. Built as "Omaha" in 1866; rebuilt as first Omaha Shop Goat as UPRR 7 in 1866, named "Omaha"; to UPRy 7 in 1880; to UPRy 574 in 1885; vacated in 1896
10. Built as "Idaho" in 1866; to UPRR 8 in 1867; to UPRy 8 in 1880; to UPRy 575 in 1885; to UP 575 in 1898; vacated in 1902; sold to F. M. Hicks Locomotive and Car Company, Chicago, Illinois
11. Built as U.S. Military Railroad "Osceola" in 1862; to UPRR 9 in 1866, named "Osceola"; to UPRy 9 in 1880; to UPRy 300 in 1885; to Kearney & Black Hills RR 1 in 1890; condemned at Kearney in 1894 (K&BH sold to UP in 1898)
12. Built as "Denver" in 1866; to UPRR 10 in 1867; to UPRy 10 in 1880; to UPRy 553 in 1885; to UP 553 in 1898; vacated in 1902
13. Built as "Colorado" in 1866; to UPRR 11 in 1867; to UPRy 11 in 1880; to OSLRy 26 in 1882; to OSLRy 552 in 1885; to OSL&UN 552 in 1889; to OSL 202 in 1897; vacated and scrapped by OSL in October 1898
14. Built as "Bellevue" in 1866; to UPRR 12 in 1867; to Utah Southern Railroad (Extension) 12 in 1880; to Utah Central Ry 14 in 1881; to OSL&UN 1206 in 1889; vacated between 1889 and 1894

Notes: (ol, in a div, with many notes)

  1. Built for UPRR in July 1864, shipped without name or number; cost $14,700; sold in August 1864 by U. P. agent Davis to Kilbourne Lighting Company for $20,000 (from R. E. Prince data; one of UP's first locomotives; sold as surplus prior to start of construction in July 1865)
  2. Built for UPRR in 1864, shipped without name or number; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 3; to Colorado Central 1 in 1868; gone by June 1885 system renumbering (G. M. Best says "gone in 1866")
  3. Built as "Lt. General Grant" in 1864; cost $15,450; sold in December 1864 to commission merchant M. K. Jessup Company for $21,000; to Union Pacific Railway Eastern Division number 3. (from R. E. Prince data; one of UP's first locomotives; sold as surplus prior to start of construction in July 1865)
  4. Built as "Major General Sherman" in 1864; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 1; to Omaha & Republican Valley 4 in 1880; to O&RV 315 in 1885; vacated after 1897 (new boiler in August 1882) (O&RV to UP in 1898)
  5. Built as "Major General McPherson" in 1864; sold to UPRR contractor in December 1864; sold back to UPRR in early 1867 as UPRR 2; to Colorado Central 2 (2nd) in 1872; to CC 331 in 1885; off roster by 1897; further disposition unknown (Kratville says "scrapped in 1888")
  6. Built as "Major General Sheridan" in 1865; to UPRR 4 in 1867; to UPRy 4 in 1880; to OSLRy 29 in 1882; to OSLRy 551 in 1885; to OSL&UN 551 in 1889; to OSL 201 in 1897; vacated in 1898
  7. Built as "Vice Admiral Farragut" in 1865; to UPRR 5 in 1867; to UPRy 5 in 1880; to OSLRy  24 in 1882; to OSLRy 550 in 1885; to OSL&UN 550 in 1889; to OSL 200 in 1897; scrapped by OSL in December 1899 (from OSL account books, per Pitchard research)
  8. Built as "Black Hawk" in 1865 (owner unknown); to UPRR 6 in June 1866; to Colorado Central 3 in 1871; to Colorado Central 1391 in 1885; rebuilt in May 1886 and numbered as Colorado Central 825; Colorado Central became part of UPD&G in 1890, sold to independent UPD&G in 1893; to UPD&G 34 in 1896; to C&S 144 in 1899; dismantled by C&S in 1906
  9. Built as "Omaha" in 1866; rebuilt as first Omaha Shop Goat as UPRR 7 in 1866, named "Omaha"; to UPRy 7 in 1880; to UPRy 574 in 1885; vacated in 1896
  10. Built as "Idaho" in 1866; to UPRR 8 in 1867; to UPRy 8 in 1880; to UPRy 575 in 1885; to UP 575 in 1898; vacated in 1902; sold to F. M. Hicks Locomotive and Car Company, Chicago, Illinois
  11. Built as U.S. Military Railroad "Osceola" in 1862; to UPRR 9 in 1866, named "Osceola"; to UPRy 9 in 1880; to UPRy 300 in 1885; to Kearney & Black Hills RR 1 in 1890; condemned at Kearney in 1894 (K&BH sold to UP in 1898)
  12. Built as "Denver" in 1866; to UPRR 10 in 1867; to UPRy 10 in 1880; to UPRy 553 in 1885; to UP 553 in 1898; vacated in 1902
  13. Built as "Colorado" in 1866; to UPRR 11 in 1867; to UPRy 11 in 1880; to OSLRy 26 in 1882; to OSLRy 552 in 1885; to OSL&UN 552 in 1889; to OSL 202 in 1897; vacated and scrapped by OSL in October 1898
  14. Built as "Bellevue" in 1866; to UPRR 12 in 1867; to Utah Southern Railroad (Extension) 12 in 1880; to Utah Central Ry 14 in 1881; to OSL&UN 1206 in 1889; vacated between 1889 and 1894

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